Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion

United Way of Oxford-Lafayette County
Diversity and Inclusion Statement of Principle

More than 125 years ago, the diverse community leaders who founded United Way crossed cultural, religious, and economic boundaries to make a difference through collective action.  Today, diversity and inclusion remain vital to achieving our mission, living our values, and advancing the common good.

Like United Way Worldwide, the United Way of Oxford-Lafayette County fosters and promotes an inclusive environment that leverages the unique contributions of diverse individuals and organizations in all aspects of our work. We know that by bringing diverse individuals and viewpoints together we can collectively and more effectively create opportunities for a better life for all.

The United Way of Oxford-Lafayette County takes the broadest possible view of diversity, going beyond visible differences to affirm the essence of all individuals including the realities, background, experiences, skills, and perspectives that make each person who they are. Engaging the power of diverse talent and partners results in innovative solutions and the community ownership necessary to address complex community issues.

Diversity and inclusion are at the heart of what it means to LIVE UNITED.

United Way of Oxford-Lafayette County
Anti-Racism/Ethnic Discrimination Statement

The United Way of Oxford-Lafayette County denounces racial and ethnic discrimination in all forms. In advancing our mission to improve lives and meet community needs by uniting people and resources, we fight for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in the Lafayette-Oxford-University (LOU) community and oppose discriminatory systems, policies, and institutional practices that negatively impact segments of our population. We work with our donors, partners, volunteers, and advocates to ensure all who live in our community have the building blocks of a good life and partner with residents, businesses, organizations, and public entities to address significant disparities that exist in Oxford and Lafayette County. Through our many partnerships, we mobilize resources, promote collaboration, and support programs that make a meaningful difference in the lives of local residents and advance equity throughout our community.