Inclusion & Belonging
Special Olympics Louisiana urges and embraces diversity, equity and inclusion in all communities. Sports are a catalyst for acceptance and change, and we are committed to using our platform to promote unity because we are all better together.
Our Vision is that Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are at the heart of all that we do at Special Olympics Louisiana as we strive to promote unity and create a world where everyone belong.
We value, celebrate and respect all differences, backgrounds and perspectives and understand that greater diversity and inclusion creates a stronger and more innovative organization that delivers better results as we work with the athletes in all communities.
A Message From Our President
“Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging are at the heart of our organizational strategy. We are proud of the work that has been done by our athletes, staff and volunteers to expand opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities. We strive to continue this work as we expand our inclusion efforts in the years ahead.”
John Guzzardo, Special Olympics Louisiana President & CEO
What is DEI&B?
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging
Diversity is the representation of all our varied identities and differences (race, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, tribe, caste, socio-economic status, thinking and communication styles, etc.), collectively and as individuals.
Equity seeks to ensure fair treatment, equality of opportunity, and fairness in access to information and resources for all.
Inclusion builds a culture of belonging by actively inviting the contribution and participation of all people.
Belonging entails having a voice and the opportunity to participate in and contribute to a community. A community where someone feels safe enough to be their authentic self and build meaningful relationships.