Diversity, Equity, Inclusion
For more than 100 years, our Girl Scout Law has called upon us to uphold principles such as honesty, fairness, caring, courage, and respect for self and others. Today, these same principles and Girl Scout Law guide our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion.
At GSEM, DEI is a foundational component of all that we do within three key levels of our organization:
Our team continues to grow and learn together as we establish DEI as an organizational priority.
Our dedicated volunteers each play an integral role in building a culture of inclusion.
Girl Scouts of all backgrounds have equal and equitable access to the breadth of our programs.
Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri welcomes the participation of all girls and adults and strives to make our activities accessible for persons with disabilities or special needs.
To make an Accommodations Request, please complete this form and indicate the request under Special Circumstances during registration.
If you have questions or if you want to discuss an accommodation, please contact the Answer Center at 314.400.4600 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri is dedicated to extending opportunities to all girls—regardless of their finances. For help with paying membership fees and other expenses, see Financial Aid.
Girl Scouts is a girl-centered youth programming experience. Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri is committed to inclusion and strives to provide a safe and welcoming community for all members and their families. This is made possible through partnership and clear expectations between Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri, volunteers, and the child and their family.
Placement of transgender youth is handled by trained staff, with the welfare and best interests of the child and the members of the troop/group in mind. That said, if the child is recognized by the family and school/community as a girl and lives culturally as a girl, then Girl Scouts is an organization that welcomes her participation.
Girl Scouts welcomes all adult volunteers and has developed appropriate safeguards regarding roles and responsibilities to ensure that girls receive proper supervision and support.
In 2022, GSEM adopted an organization-wide Racial Equity Outcome (REO) Plan. This three-year strategic plan sets a path to improve our policies, practices, and service delivery with a focus on racial equity and inclusion.
The Racial Equity Outcome Plan provides a framework to progress the work and recommendations of GSEM’s DEI Committee, a cross-functional group of employees dedicated to advancing DEI within Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri.
Our racial equity plan engages all stakeholders, with the ultimate goal of achieving racially representative and equitable participation in all Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri programs.
During year 1 of GSEM’s racial equity outcome plan, goals include:
Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
At Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri, we are committed to our future and what that looks like for all girls, everywhere. We recognize that each employee, Girl Scout and volunteer has unique experiences, perspectives, identities, and viewpoints that add value to our ability to create and deliver the best possible service to each other, our members, and our community.
Given that our individual social, economic, and cultural identities shape and influence our experiences and perspectives, Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri will do its best work by ensuring diversity in our workforce and membership. We are committed to fostering inclusivity in our organization and creating an environment in which all employees feel valued, included, and empowered and all girls and volunteers know they belong.