Diversity, Equity, + Inclusion

In 2020, we were emboldened to take a hard look at our privilege: our privilege as white individuals, our privilege as a north side organization, and our privilege as a predominately white business district. Despite Andersonville being known as a LGBTQIA+ safe haven, and despite our efforts at inclusivity, we fall short in meeting the needs of the black and brown communities here in Chicago.

We are committed to becoming an antiracist organization by engaging our BIPOC members and partners and will use our collective voice and influence to drive racial equity impact and change and to advocate for those whose voices have historically been discounted or silenced.

Statement of Purpose
The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce DEI Committee creates a thriving community by upholding values of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the Andersonville Business District. Our community working on this continuously is necessary because we live in an unjust society, one with a long history of cultural and systemic discrimination.

Mission Statement
The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce DEI Committee supports the chamber’s commitment to institutional diversity, equity, and inclusion by providing business recruitment and support, education and training, coalition building, data collection and analysis, and support for other organizations engaged in this work.

Vision Statement
All are welcomed, respected, and supported here, regardless of race, ethnicity, nationality, immigration status, religion, currently and formerly incarcerated, socioeconomic status, housing insecure, education, marital status, language, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, mental or physical ability, and learning style.

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