Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

NFB- Indiana Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee Mission & Vision

Mission Statement

The National Federation of the Blind of Indiana’s diversity and inclusion committee is committed to promoting equity and inclusion of a diverse global community. Our diverse community includes, but is not limited to, the intersectionality of ability, age, religion, race, ethnicity, culture, gender identity or expression, and sexual orientation. We are committed to honoring the lived experiences of those with congenital and acquired blindness; those with different geographic backgrounds, different languages, labor and socioeconomic status in the exchange of ideas, opinions, and actions. Through advocacy, awareness, and educational activities, we strive to advance policies and practices that cultivate a climate of awareness and understanding; acceptance and opportunities for advancement; and respect for the dignity of all people.

Vision Statement

Our vision is to broaden the scope of awareness and understanding of the definition of full inclusion; to explore and expand on the cultural makeup of the organization, providing education and training, guidance and advocacy where needed. Our goal is to cultivate a federation that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive of all, while maintaining the purpose and overall mission of the NFB as primary Advocate’s for the Blind community.

Building a culture of Belonging Within an Organization

The NFB of Indiana Diversity Equity & Inclusion committee invites you to view our conference session:
Building a culture of Belonging Within an Organization, Fighting Social Injustices of Marginalization and Oppression.

Presented by Dr. Ruby Cane and Dr. Evette Reed of Ball State University, this live October 30, 2021 workshop introduced concepts of cultural identities, marginalization and oppression, distinguishing between bridging and breaking, and developing strategies for building a culture of belonging.

Listen to Building a culture of Belonging Within an Organization
View Building a culture of Belonging Within an Organization

July 26 Meeting

The Nfb-Indiana Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee hosted an open meeting on July 26. Special guest: Ms. Karrah Herring, J.D., Chief Equity, Inclusion, and Opportunity Officer, State of Indiana.

In November 2020, Governor Eric Holcomb appointed Karrah A. Herring to serve as Indiana’s first-ever chief equity, inclusion and opportunity officer. Her goal is to better build diversity and foster an inclusive environment within state government and the services provided so every Hoosier can take full advantage of their gifts and potential.
Listen to presentation and discussion with Karrah A. Herring, Indiana Chief Equity, Inclusion and Opportunity Officer

In segment two: We discuss planning D E I activities for our upcoming 2021 state convention. Mr. Kane Brolin shares with us the NFB Mentoring coming to Indiana initiative.
Listen to planning D E I activities for 2021 Indiana state convention and NFB Mentoring Indiana initiative