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Growing Diverse Leadership Committee

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Members of BYM's ad hoc Growing Diverse Leadership Committee respond to the queries: What draws you to do this work? What makes it matter to you?

The 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?

In its initial years, the GDLC's main focus has been on gathering baseline information through surveys, focus groups, and the Community Statistics Report, as well as by helping to form and support Change Groups. The GDLC also links those interested in creating Campus Ministries to applicable resources. The Outreach and Inclusion Coordinator position serves as a resource to the GDLC.

At Third Month 2019 Interim Meeting, the Yearly Meeting approved making the Growing Diverse Leadership Committee as standing committee of the Yearly Meeting.

Community Statistics Report

The GDLC is requesting information about current demographics of the Yearly Meeting, so that we can know more about our current community and chart change. To that end, the annual Community Statistics report now asks for information about age and racial/ethnic identity.

We know that age is often just a number and that race as a biological concept does not exist. Yet, we know also that in the context of our society, each of us can have very different experiences based on our heritage and the ways the world perceives us.  Because of this, these identities can have a very real impact in our day to day lives and on determining the communities with whom we end up sharing fellowship. As BYM commits to taking on increasing participation of young adults and people of color, it is important for us to have ways to recognize the demographics of our current community and to assess how that changes over time. This survey is one—though certainly not the only—method we will use to do this. The process of collecting this data also allows us to have important conversation about how we identify and how we form and express community.

Change Groups and Local Meeting Initiatives

Learn more about how your local meeting can create, support, or create a “Change Group”. These groups engage in action and reflection to understand and lower barriers to Friends and seekers of color. This includes self-reflection on behaviors and systems within the meeting that may contribute to racial bias and/or inequity.

Young Adult Resources and Campus Ministries

Young adults seekers, members, and attenders are a diverse part of our Yearly Meeting. We are of many different identities, backgrounds, life-stages, and bring a variety of gifts, needs, and interests. One way that BYM is bringing community to our Young Adult Friends in college, is by leading Campus Ministries. Click here to learn more about those efforts, how to start a campus ministry, and other ways to welcome, support, connect to, and learn from Young Adult Friends in their life and spiritual journey.

Listed below are the current members of the committee

, Clerk
St. Clair Allmond
Richmond Friends Meeting
David Etheridge
Friends Meeting of Washington
Peirce Hammond
Bethesda Friends Meeting
Elizabeth "Lizzie" Kellett
Camping Program Committee
Donna Kolaetis
Working Group on Racism
Nicole "Nikki" Richards
STRIDE Working Group
Martha "Marcy" Baker Seitel
Clerk of Interim Meeting
Kenneth "Ken" Stockbridge
Presiding Clerk of Yearly Meeting
Nora Swift
Camping Program Committee

ad hoc Growing Diverse Leadership Committee Annual Reports

ad hoc Growing Diverse Leadership Committee Interchange Reports

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