Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging (DEIB) 2021-2025 Strategic Plan

The Junior League of San Jose is an organization of women whose Mission is to advance women’s leadership for meaningful community impact through volunteer action, collaboration, and training.


To create an inclusive, equitable, culturally competent, and supportive environment where League members model behavior that enriches our community.


To address, explore, educate, and respond to the diverse human experience by preparing our League members to successfully understand various perspectives and backgrounds by teaching critical thinking, empathy, and a deeper appreciation of others.



Grow and sustain a diverse membership by building and enabling inclusive environments that welcomes all women who seek civic leadership development opportunities by:

  • Increasing the percentage of diverse members within JLSJ membership
  • Increasing internal leadership mobility
  • Increasing promotion of women of color into leadership positions
  • Doubling Black Representation in the League
  • Doubling the percentage of underrepresented minorities in leadership
  • Continuing efforts to increase diversity and inclusion across race, ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, cultural background, and religious beliefs


Broaden community impact with a diverse, inclusive, and anti-racist network of organizations by:

  • Increasing the number of diverse community partners
  • Diversifying the allocation of resources and funding provided to community organizations through JLSJ efforts, including volunteer opportunities and members’ time
  • Broadening fund development efforts
  • Diversifying engaged vendors and suppliers
  • Committing to support female-owned, Black-owned, minority-owned, and women-of-color-owned businesses


Develop culturally-competent leaders to effectively serve the diverse needs of the League and our broader community by:

  • Providing multiple diversity, equity, and inclusion training opportunities
  • Increasing the percentage of members participating in diversity, equity, and inclusion events
  • Offering training opportunities to prepare members as well-rounded community advisors
  • Training completion of a minimum of two workshops by at least 60% of Active members


By the end of the 2024-2025 League year, JLSJ will have furthered our DEIB mission by making a measurable and visible impact towards:

  • attracting and retaining membership that reflects our broader community and values an inclusive, respectful culture,
  • creating training and programs that meet the diverse needs of JLSJ members, and
  • identifying and addressing barriers to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging within current organizational systems.