In 2016, members of the West Chester community, led by West Chester resident Alice Hammond, formed the West Chester Diversity in Action Council (DIAC) in response to a racist incident in West Chester. You can read about the incident here.
DIAC is comprised of the Mayor, West Chester NAACP President and Pastor Dr .Wayne Croft, West Chester University President Dr. Chris Fiorentino, West Chester Area School District Superintendent Dr. Jim Scanlon, former Mayor and State Representative Carolyn Comitta, West Chester Borough Police Chief Scott Bohn, numerous and diverse faith leaders, business leaders, and concerned citizens all across the greater West Chester area.
As Alice put it, DIAC's primary purpose is for our community to be strong and vocal about negative events that happen here, and to send a clear message that we won't tolerate hate.
MISSION, PURPOSE AND PRINCIPLES
The Greater West Chester Diversity in Action Council was established to bring representatives with deep reach into the area's most diverse communities together, to strengthen our connectivity, and create a social space for community leaders to set into action the values found in the Greater West Chester Code of Community Values Resolution and Pledge. We affirm the dignity of all people.
In our commitment to ensuring Greater West Chester remains a vibrant and welcoming community, the Greater West Chester Diversity in Action Council was founded with the express purpose to provide an opportunity for:
Community support and response
As conscientious citizens, DIAC members unanimously agree to the
following principles as a guide in our conduct with each other:
Generosity in spirit
Allowing for clarification of perceptions
Respect for privacy and confidentiality
Purity of information
Shared responsibility and concern
Clear and concise communication.
The Greater West Chester Diversity in Action Council
invites you to show your personal commitment by signing the
Greater West Chester Code of Community Values Resolution and Pledge.
Read the pledge, and join us by signing on below.
CODE OF COMMUNITY VALUES
RESOLUTION & PLEDGE
Created August 21, 2016
Whereas, the people of Greater West Chester value safety and security; we agree to come
together when incidents happen that may be a result of hatred or discrimination based on race,
color, national and ethnic origin, citizenship status, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation,
religion, disability, age, and economic status.
Whereas, the community of West Chester values equality not just through policy and protocol
but in how we treat each other in our daily lives; we agree to address issues of concern brought
to our attention.
Whereas, there have been recent events in a local park, our schools, and the nation that
express threats and imply hatred against African American citizens who are members of this
Whereas, respect for each other is the foundation of the growth and stability of Greater West
Chester; we agree to pursue opportunities to ensure residents and visitors alike feel both safe
and welcome. We affirm the dignity of all people.
Whereas, the Community of Greater West Chester thrives because of the collective power of
our diversity with regard to race, ethnicity, faiths, business leaders, non-profit organizations,
and universities; we agree to come together in times of both celebration and adversity.
Whereas, we the citizens, community leaders, school leadership and other officials of Greater
West Chester have come together to make a public declaration of the values we honor and the
behaviors to which we object.
Resolved, as people of good will, we will not tolerate hateful speech or actions toward any
individual or group in our community. We know that when one of us suffers, we all suffer and
the vibrancy of our community is diminished. We are united in that understanding.
The community of West Chester designates this Greater West Chester Code of Community Values
Resolution and Pledge to be a living document, subject to change as the needs of our community
evolves; we agree to review this document annually and as need arise.
Terms of Working Collaborative:
This pledge will be reviewed by the community within a month of the one-year anniversary of
signing in the month of August, chaired by the Mayor of West Chester and the President of the West Chester NAACP.