ASAP’s Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Fund (“JEDI”) is now in its third year. The fund is one of many ways that ASAP can prioritize accessibility and inclusion throughout its network for individuals and communities who identify as Native American or Indigenous, African American and African descended, Hispanic American, Asian American, and Oceanic/Pacific Islander. ASAP continues to evolve our understanding of the intersections of race, ethnicity, and culture as experienced throughout multiple diasporas in the Americas, and seeks to decolonize current language that homogenizes and devalues the realities and lived experiences of those individuals and communities.
In 2023, ASAP announced a $10,000 grant to the JEDI Fund from the American Family Insurance Institute for Corporate and Social Impact. This generous gift provides financial stability for the fund and has enabled ASAP to expand our goal of developing a more just, equitable, inclusive, and diverse adaptation and resilience field of practice. ASAP is committed to anti-racist principles and practices. Anti-racism is a conscious and intentional strategy through which our members, staff, and board of directors create spaces to address, condemn, and repair overt and covert racist behaviors, attitudes, policies, and practices in our network and to advocate more broadly throughout the field.
Support from the JEDI Fund is available to individuals and communities who have identified as Native American or Indigenous, African American and African descended, Hispanic American, Asian American, and Oceanic/Pacific Islander. The fund is also available to individuals who request support due to limited financial resources.
We encourage you to apply for funds today or make a tax-deductible donation to the fund!
ASAP’s JEDI commitment acknowledges the legacy of racism and exclusion throughout our collective practices. We work to expose and eliminate racism and to repair and restore our members’ intentional work, programs, education, engagements, and public outreach.
Actions You Can Take Today:
- Take Time To Ensure Your Member Profile Is Complete. Please update your member profile to include racial and ethnic data. While this is not required, it helps ASAP measure (a) how effectively we articulate our JEDI commitment, mission, and goals; (b) how well we meet member concerns, needs, and interests, and (3) how we can recruit a range of new individual and organizational members that mirror our urban, rural, coastal, forest, plains, and island cities, towns and homelands.
- Share Your Story! Regardless of identity, ethnicity, and/or culture, please share your experience in the ASAP Network. Personal experiences help us create and offer relevant and meaningful content, programming, and training. Please email your story and headshot to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Apply to the Fund. Support from the JEDI Fund is available to individuals who identify individually or at intersections of African and African descended, Native and Indigenous, Hispanic, Asian, and Oceanic/ Pacific Islander. Support from the JEDI Fund is also available to individuals with limited financial resources.
- Donate to the Fund. When you donate to ASAP’s JEDI Fund, you are helping individuals and communities participate in and contribute to ASAP’s network as full members. Thank you!