Statement on Equity

Group of adult volunteers cheering with arms raised at the Food Center warehouse

United Way of Southeastern Connecticut Rejects Racism and All Forms of Discrimination


United Way of Southeastern Connecticut recognizes structural racism, ethnic discrimination and other forms of oppression have contributed to racial disparities that have existed in the past and persist in the present.

We unequivocally denounce racism and ethnic discrimination in all forms, and we remain committed to building a future of greater opportunity and true equity for all people living in New London County. We act by tackling the structural barriers to equity from past and present systemic racism that have impeded the health, safety, and wellbeing of traditionally marginalized people.

We commit to taking positive action to fight structural racism and ethnic discrimination by: eliminating structural barriers; holding ourselves and our community partners accountable; elevating community voice; engaging in further training to address our biases; and, practicing the change we seek to realize with a vision of a more equitable future for all.

United Way of Southeastern Connecticut will continue to work with residents across all communities to co-create solutions that ensure everyone has the resources, supports, opportunities and networks they need to thrive.

Specifically, UWSECT commits to the following actions:

  • Elevate community voices by increasing the representation of all groups throughout all UWSECT activities and processes. This includes a commitment to recruit both board and staff that are representative of the community.
  • Hold ourselves and UWSECT accountable by ensuring equitable outreach and representation throughout New London County.
  • Ensure investments are with partners that meet the same standards and demonstrate they are performing to that standard through data collection.