It is important to me and it is important for the development of our future leaders that we make diversity a priority. Every young person, regardless of their background, deserves a chance to experience what AMIGOS has to offer. And every Amig@ can serve to learn from different experiences.
I firmly believe our mission matters deeply when it comes to bridging divides. AMIGOS commits to creating a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization. Let’s use our mission to do even more to support learning and action around issues of social justice.
This page will serve as a living document detailing our commitments to and actions toward the goals of diversity, equity, and inclusion at AMIGOS. We invite you to join us in this effort, utilize the resources listed below, and contact us with any questions, ideas, or feedback.
–Sara Nathan, CEO and President of AMIGOS
AMIGOS believes in the power and wisdom of all people. We embrace diversity at AMIGOS with respect to race, nationality, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, religion, age, ability, gender, and sexual orientation.
We commit to eliminating barriers to representation and inclusion within the AMIGOS organization and in our programs. We uplift different life experiences, belief systems, and opinions through our work with volunteers, communities, and partners.
Community update regarding progress toward our goals to further diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) at AMIGOS.
A new diversity statement was approved by the AMIGOS Board of Directors. The statement is written above.
In June, we recognize the origins and history of Pride Month. AMIGOS believes in the power and wisdom of queer voices, and we invite you to check out these resources to learn more.
Last year, we deepened our organization’s commitment to creating a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization. Today, we are providing an update on our progress toward the actions we outlined.
This work remains critically important as the global community seeks to dismantle systemic inequality, racism, and oppression. For AMIGOS, this is integral to our vision of a world where all people share responsibility for our global community. Part of that responsibility is creating a safe and equitable world for everyone.
Dear AMIGOS Family,
It has been an incredibly powerful time as communities across the world unite in protest against systemic racism and violence following the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and so many others. I am inspired by all who are coming together to stand up and call for action. This is a moment for each of us to reflect on who we are, who we want to be, and the role we can play in creating a more just society.
AMIGOS stands in solidarity with the movement against racism and injustice.
And we recognize we have a long way to go.
Every day, we work to provide space for young people to connect across cultures and create positive change in their communities. But this is not enough. We can and must be better.
We all share responsibility for building an inclusive and respectful world. Every day, we work to provide space for young people to connect across cultures and create positive change in their communities. But this is not enough. We can and must be better. We commit to:
We are taking the following actions to reset our vision for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and hold ourselves accountable:
Find out more about the impact of AMIGOS.
We are committed to giving students from all socioeconomic backgrounds this life-changing experience. Our communities need leaders of diverse backgrounds. Find out more about the enduring impact of AMIGOS.
Let’s Grow Kids – Anti-Racism Resources for Children
Certified B Corporation – Anti-Racism Resource
How to Be Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi
Just Us by Claudia Rankine
Minor Feelings by Cathy Park Hong
So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
Finding Latinx by Paola Ramos
The Good Immigrant by 26 writers
An Indigenous People’s History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
White Fragility by Robin Diangelo
Black Futures by Kimberly Drew and Jenna Wortham
Jemele Hill is Unbothered
Hear to Slay
Pod Save the People
No White Saviors – @nowhitesaviors
Autumn Peltier – @autumn.peltier