Diversity, Equity, + Inclusion

Here at CHAARG, we are committed to making Diversity, Equity, + Inclusion [DEI] a part of everything that we do… from building our leaders to creating our programs to showing up for each other every day. We know our greatest strength is our community + we celebrate all members of our community — every race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, shape, identity, size, + experience has a home within CHAARG. As we seek to grow the CHAARG movement to more campuses nationwide, we strive to cultivate an empowered, multi-represented community. We promise to: 

  • Act as allies
  • Provide opportunities to learn
  • Commit to diverse representation
  • Invest in equitable wellness options

WELLNESS ACCESSIBILITY FUND

We created the CHAARG Wellness Accessibility Fund to provide scholarships for students that would like to be a part of CHAARG but cannot afford a membership. Our fund prioritizes BIPOC, as we hope to make wellness more accessible to everyone! If you would like to apply for the Wellness Accessibility Fund, please fill out the form below. If you have any questions, email [email protected]!

Important notes on the Wellness Accessibility Fund:

  • If you receive a scholarship, it is expected that you attend at least 2 CHAARG events per month
  • The Wellness Accessibility Fund only supports being able to receive an Inspire membership, not an Ignite/Empower membership
  • The Wellness Accessibility Fund closes two weeks into each individual Chapter’s recruitment for the semester/quarter
  • The application is reviewed every Monday morning

WHAT DO DIVERSITY, EQUITY, + INCLUSION MEAN TO US?

Diversity: The unique + *amazing* qualities, abilities, skills, cultural backgrounds, experiences, shapes, + identities of the CHAARG community

Equity: Establishing policies, practices + opportunities that promote fairness for all, + strive to eliminate barriers that may be preventing some from joining CHAARG

Inclusion: Valuing + honoring our differences, so that everyone feels supported + a sense of belonging within CHAARG

Unity: Everyone’s diversity is celebrated + brings their best self to commit to the mission ✨

CHAARG DEI COMMITMENTS + GOAL FOR 2023-2024

Utilize CHAARG DEI Council 

  • Maintain a DEI Council made up of exec leaders to support CHAARG DEI initiatives + goals throughout Chapters + the national organization
  • Meet on a quarterly basis + send check-ins to Chapters on a quarterly basis
  • Enact DEI council training to be completed in June by every council member
  • Lead 2 Chapter DEI webinars to encourage discussion + brainstorming on increasing DEI in the CHAARG community [one webinar in the fall + one webinar in the spring]
  • Assist in developing the strategy + execution of DEI education on social media
  • Utilize the DEI council to update + improve exec DEI training

Increasing CHAARG education on DEI in the college + wellness worlds 

  • Host 2 Chapter-wide DEI webinars
  • Monthly instagram post promoting DEI + education
  • Sharing *how to celebrate X* toolkits with Chapters on a quarterly basis

Increasing CHAARG membership + leadership diversity

  • Increase Chapter membership racial/ethnic diversity by 3%
  • Increase Exec leadership racial/ethnic diversity by 3%
  • Increase Team CHAARG racial/ethnic diversity by 3%
  • Expansion outreach to HBCU’s + HSI’s year-round
  • Share updated DEI membership breakdowns on CHAARG.com (Fall 2023)
  • All Chapters host 1 DEI event during the spring semester or winter/spring quarter
  • Implementing a DEI Chairperson position within Chapters that feel ready to implement a DEI Chairperson
  • Invest in the CHAARG Wellness Accessibility Fund to increase the accessibility of CHAARG to all students, specifically BIPOC. We will be investing $6,900 for the 2023-2024 school year

WHERE ARE WE NOW?

WHERE ARE WE GOING? DEI GOALS FOR 2021-2022

  • Hire a DEI Consultant/Coach for Team CHAARG by Spring 2021
  • Form National CHAARG DEI Council by Summer 2021
  • National CHAARG DEI Council review our DEI policies + practices by Summer 2021
  • Host CHAARG DEI Webinar with representatives from every Chapter by Summer 2021
  • Share the Chapter DEI Reportcard with all Chapter leaders by Summer 2021 + provide resources for helping Chapters reach their DEI objectives
  • Compile + share data of our progress on a yearly basis with all exec leaders. The first scorecard compilation will be shared by EOY 2021
  • Increase the diversity represented in CHAARG members, exec leaders, + Team CHAARG. 
    • Memberships: Increase by 3% in racial + ethnic diversity by EOY 2022 
    • Team CHAARG: Increase by 3% in racial + ethnic diversity by EOY 2022
  • Expand to 1+ HBCU by EOY 2022
  • Invest $5,000 for the 2021-2022 school year into our Wellness Accessibility Fund, which provides scholarships for students who cannot afford CHAARG dues — prioritizing BIPOC students, as well as provides scholarships for national events
  • Highlight our Wellness Accessibility Fund in The CHAARG Shop, so that others can contribute to it by Summer 2021
  • Use our platforms to continue the conversation on DEI, mental health, health + wellness disparities, + celebrating different fitness styles — providing educational content 1X/month on instagram by Spring 2021
  • Host a Mental Health Live Panel by Spring 2021 + donate all proceeds to a BIPOC organization
  • Observe Juneteenth as a holiday, + encourage the community to celebrate, learn, + give back to their communities
  • Ensure all partnerships align with our mission + DEI vision
  • Whenever possible, highlight or partner with BIPOC + women-owned brands — update our gift guides, reading lists, “current obsessions” on CHAARG.com to create more awareness on BIPOC + women-owned brands by Summer 2021
  • Match charitable donations by community 2X/year to a BIPOC +/ LGBTQ+ organizations
  • Share + compile data of our progress through a CHAARG DEI Report + will be shared by EOY 2021
  • Renew our commitments every year + share new DEI goals 💕

MEET THE 2022-2023 CHAARG DEI COUNCIL

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Ashley Kuk

Ayoko Djisseglo

Caroline Coburn

Haley Reyes

Megan Nygaard

Megha Shashidhar

Sam Alvarez

Zoha Alam

Kylie Shelt

Lexi Garvey

Lucy Powers

Marguerite Jay