Diversity, Equity, + Inclusion

This past year team CHAARG has taken on the work of un-learning everything we thought we knew about diversity, equity, + inclusion. We know that we still have a lot of work to do as a team + as a community — but we are proud of the steps we’ve made in making CHAARG a more diverse, equitable, + inclusive movement.

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 opportunities@chaarg.com!

CHAARG DEI VISION

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 [+ eventually go global!], 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

At the end of every year, we’ll be updating you with our progress. We know that change does not happen overnight [+ that there is always more work to be done], but we’re passionate about creating a culture that supports + values diversity… + we believe that everyone deserves freedom from the elliptical 😉. Thank you for being a part of the movement!

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 2022-2023

Utilize CHAARG DEI Council 

  • 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 Chapter DEI webinars to encourage discussion + brainstorming on increasing DEI in the CHAARG community
  • Assist in developing the strategy + execution of DEI education on social media on a quarterly basis
  • 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 (January + June or July)
  • Monthly instagram post promoting DEI + education
  • Sharing *how to celebrate X* toolkits with Chapters on a quarterly basis
  • Host fundraisers 2x/year to charitable BIPOC+/LGBTQ organizations

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%
  • Share updated DEI membership breakdowns on CHAARG.com (Fall 2022)
  • All Chapters host 1 DEI event during the spring semester or winter/spring quarter
  • All Chapters focus on partnering or building a relationship with a different organization on their campuses during the fall semester or fall quarter (Example: partnering with the Black Student Union for an event in the fall or partnering with the LGBTQ+ student association with an event)
  • Invest $6500 in the CHAARG Wellness Accessibility Fund to increase the accessibility of CHAARG to all students, specifically BIPOC
  • Want to know where we are now? Check out our Diversity + Inclusion Page on our main website!

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