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Delve into DEI

Creating an inclusive business culture in Mammoth Lakes

The Mammoth Lakes Chamber of Commerce Diversity, Equity and Inclusion program began in 2020 and came about from discussions by the Board of Directors about strategic planning. The primary goal of the program is to create an inclusive business culture at the Chamber of Commerce and in Mammoth Lakes that reflects the look and feel of our community.

With our first event being held in June 2022, our Delve into DEI programming explores topics such as Why Diverse Teams Are Smarter and Identity & Access in Our Community.

For Our Chamber, DEI Means:

Diversity includes all the ways in which people differ – including psychological, physical, and social characteristics – that make one individual or group different from another. Through diverse experiences and personal choices, an individual can be tied to various groups.

Equity is the assurance of fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for all people. The concept of equity is the awareness of systemic causes of disparities and, more importantly, the action to eliminate barriers that have prevented the full participation of some groups. By being inclusive, a welcoming environment establishes a sense of belonging and feeling valued within a group or structure.

Inclusivity is respecting all people’s unique perspectives. Since our inclusion work began, we have engaged with our members and the broader community through our “Delve into DEI” events. These quarterly gatherings bring together people from various backgrounds to discuss what diversity looks like in Mammoth and we collectively work towards equity and creating an inclusive culture.