To: Rotarians of District 5160
From: Your District Governor Line

As Rotarians, we know the power of Rotary is all about our members. It is bringing together our unique life experiences mixed with our talents, skills and passions. It is with truth and fairness that we build goodwill and better friendships to benefit all concerned. Rotary International has made Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) a priority, and District 5160 has done the same. The Diversity Wheel shown here illustrates the depth and breadth of our potential diversity in Rotary.

We, our District, has convened a DEI Task Force to help us all take advantage of the resources available in developing a DEI plan for your club, your committee or any other activity. Check out these links to learn more:
My Rotary/DEI and District 5160/DEI.

The power of Rotary is in the strength of our members and in our commitment to DEI.

Kathy Suvia, Suzanne Bragdon, and Claire Roberts
Your District Governor Line

Rotary International Diversity,
Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) statement:

As a global network that strives to build a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change, Rotary values diversity and celebrates the contributions of people of all backgrounds, regardless of their age, ethnicity, race, color, abilities, religion, socioeconomic status, culture, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

Rotary will cultivate a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture in which people from underrepresented groups have greater opportunities to participate as members and leaders.

Rotary District 5160 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee Mission Statement:

The mission of the Rotary District 5160’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee is to lead, guide, and inform all clubs and their members about the importance of creating a welcoming, accepting, and inclusive environment for all and the necessity of fostering and promoting an environment of diversity, equity, and inclusion to attract, develop, engage, and retain exceptional service-minded individuals.

There are many ways to define diversity, equity, and inclusion. Here are the definitions Rotary International is using.


Rotary welcomes people of all backgrounds, cultures, experiences, and identities.


Rotary strives for the fair treatment, opportunity, and advancement of all Rotary participants.


Rotary is working to create experiences where all people feel welcomed, respected, and valued.

Rotary District 5160 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee Vision Statement:

The vision of the Rotary District 5160’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee is that all stakeholders have the tools, education, and space to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion within our district and clubs, for all members, the individuals we touch, and the communities we serve.



How can I arrange a DEI Presentation in my Club?

Send a message to, or contact your nearest DEI Task Force – refer to chart

How can I get access to the DEI presentations, guides, and resources for my Club?
What training is there to learn about DEI?

Recommended list from the DEI Catalog includes:

· Unconscious bias

· Bystander Training – Hollaback, 60-90 min.

· Building a Diverse Club – Welcoming Club

· Understanding Diversity and Inclusion

· Getting Started, ABC’s of DEI

· Diversifying Your Club Assessment

· Holding Difficult Conversations About Diversity – 10 strategies

· Calling In vs Calling out

· Glossary (a List of 200+ Terms)

· Getting Started, ABC’s of DEI

· RI – All – a repository of DEI related webinars

Task Force Contacts

Anastacia Snyder
Carol Landry
Cynthia Garcia
Danny Lopez
Heather Vilhauer
Jamie Textor
Jane Louie
Janet Kennedy
Jerry Wilkerson
Larry Hutchings
Mark Roberts
Pat Frost
Rene Matsumoto
Rich Fleming
Susan Grossman
Tirrell Muhammad
Vera Martinez