ad hoc Growing Diverse Leadership Committee

The ad hoc Growing Diverse Leadership (GDL) Committee is charged with discerning how BYM's committees and local Meetings can work together to answer the two questions this program seeks to address

  • How can our Meetings at all levels be more inclusive and welcoming to all and build multicultural community?
  • How can we encourage and sustain participation by younger Friends and support their development as leaders now and for the future?

Specifically, the ad hoc Growing Diverse Leadership Committee is responsible for:

1. Reaching out to local Meetings to engage and support their efforts in this area

2. Revisiting, clarifying and further developing the initial Growing Diverse Leadership program description, including the relations of the various components and roles, to consider for addition to the Manual of Procedure,

3. Helping BYM meet the initial goals of the program and bringing forth a plan for continuation by 2016.

This committee will meet for a period of at least 3 years with regular reports provided to Spring Interim Meeting and Annual Session. At Annual Session 2017 a determination will be made as to its continuation as an ad hoc committee, turning it into a standing committee, or laying it down.

Membership on the GDL ad hoc Committee will include representatives from CPC, RE, YPC, Young Friends, YAF, Nominating, A&O, M&PC, Development, Working Group on Racism, Camp Diversity Working Group and will include the Interim Meeting Clerk. The Outreach & Inclusion Coordinator, Camp Program Manager, Youth Programs Manager, Development Director and General Secretary will all be ex officio members. It may co-opt additional members as it is led.

Listed below are the current members of the committee.

Martha "Marcy" Baker Seitel, Clerk, Clerk of Interim Meeting
Adelphi Friends Meeting
Lauren Brownlee, Assistant Clerk, Peace and Social Concerns Committee
Bethesda Friends Meeting
St. Clair Allmond
Richmond Friends Meeting
Louisa Davis
Herndon Friends Meeting
Peirce Hammond
Bethesda Friends Meeting
Diane White
Friends Meeting of Washington
Jossie Dowling, Youth Programs Manager
Yearly Meeting Staff
David Etheridge, Working Group on Racism
Friends Meeting of Washington
Dyresha Harris, Outreach and Inclusion Coordinator
Catoctin Quaker Camp
Jeannette Smith, Advancement and Outreach Committee
Langley Hill Friends Meeting
Kenneth "Ken" Stockbridge, Presiding Clerk
Patapsco Friends Meeting
Ned Stowe, General Secretary
Sandy Spring Friends Meeting
Ann Venable, Development Director
Yearly Meeting Staff
Camping Program Committee
Ministry and Pastoral Care Committee
Religious Education Committee
Strengthening Transformative Relationships in Diverse Environments (STRIDE) Working Group
Young Adult Friends
Young Friends