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Introduction

You may remember annual satisfaction surveys from past years! As a Club, we’re always looking for worthwhile ways to both hear from our members and streamline processes, so this is a new iteration of our annual survey which—along with broad satisfaction questions—will now also include questions related to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). 

The Rotary Club of Oakland (RCO) is embarking on a mission-aligned journey of DEI, and your voice is critical in this process. As mentioned in the recent email from Rotary International President, Shekhar Mehta, our Rotary communities recognize that, “embracing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) will allow us to do more meaningful work while engaging with people who know they’ll be valued for the qualities that make them unique." The following anonymous survey has been designed to better understand the perspectives, opinions, and priorities of our members and help chart the Club’s course moving forward. 

For the purposes of this survey and our DEI efforts, we are leveraging the following definition as put forth by Dr. Todd Jenkins "Dr. Bowtie", a member of the Rotary International DEI Taskforce:
 
  • Diversity — Visible and invisible differences that make each of us complete.
  • Equity — Supplying each of us with what we uniquely need so we all have the same access to opportunities as their counterparts.
  • Inclusion — Fostering an environment, culture, and climate that values visible and invisible differences so that we all feel we belong, are seen, and are heard.
 
Your candid responses are helpful in knowing how we can work to improve your overall experience, and in crafting a DEI plan that suits the needs of our community. There are no wrong answers and we genuinely are interested in getting your thoughts and opinions. Specifically, the demographic responses collected will add an important layer of baseline data to better understand the vibrant diversity of our Club members. 

What will come next? The results will be received by DEI Consultant Viva Asmelash, who will be using survey data to coordinate the next steps in this important work. In the coming months, we’ll share synthesized results and how they may be integrated into the upcoming DEI journey at RCO.

For these reasons, we cannot understate the critical nature of your whole-hearted and complete engagement and completion of this form. 

Please complete your survey response no later than May 27, 2022.
 
 

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* 1. Overall Experience

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Overall, I am satisfied with my RCO membership.
I'm proud to regularly tell others about RCO.
I feel regularly connected to the core values of RCO: service, fellowship, diversity, integrity and leadership.
I see myself still being associated with RCO one year from now.
Our requests for donations (the fundraising expectations of members) are within my means.
Our dues are reasonable.
We allocate resources (time and budget) appropriately within the Club.
Our committee structure reflects RCO goals of creating lasting change locally and serve humanitarian efforts globally.
I agree with how RCO grants are chosen.
All members have equal opportunities to grow and succeed here.
I feel informed at the appropriate time on new announcements, opportunities and/or events.
I feel comfortable enough to voice a divergent option without fear or consequences.
My opinion is valued, both within my committee and across the rest of RCO.
I feel seen and respected.  I can be my true self in all setting here.

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* 2. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Experience

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I feel we reflect the demographic profile of our geographic area.
We actively seek to involve all members in projects and activities according to their interests and skill sets.
We do a good job welcoming and involving new members.
We work to update club processes and rules to meet the needs of our members.
Diversity of thought, background, and perspective are included in decision-making here.
The ways in which we work and connect reflect our values, thoughts and intentions.

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* 3. How long have you been with the Club?

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* 4. What committees or service projects are you involved with?  (select all that apply)

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* 5. To which generation do you belong and.or feel most affiliation?

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* 6. What is your gender? (select all that apply)

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* 7. Rotary International defines race as socially and politically constructed category of identification based on physical characteristics, ancestry, historical affilation or shared culture.  Please share the racial groups with which you identify. (check all that apply)

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* 8. Rotary International defines ethnicity as a grouping of people who identify with each other on the basis of presumed common ancestry.  It is often recongnized by others through cultural, language, religious or behavioral traits. Please share your ethnicities below.  Examples include German, Chinese, Puerto Rican, etc.

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* 9. What is your religious or spiritual affiliation or orientation?

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* 10. Are you a veteran?

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* 11. I experience one or more disabilities and/or identify as being neurodiverse vs. neurotypical (many people identify as neurodiverse including people with autism, Asperger's syndrome, dyslexia, ADHA, etc).

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* 12. (Optional)  What is most important to you about the club's diversity, equity and inclusion efforts?

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* 13. (Optional) Is there anything else you'd like to tell us - including suggestions - on topics like meeting format, committees, the value of membership dues, Club culture, attracting/retaining diverse members, etc?

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* 14. (Optional)  What is your first and last name

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* 15. If You Want To Share More -  If you are someone with input to share that feels more sensitive and you would strongly prefer the chance to chat one on one, Viva has 4-6 slots available. Simply email her directly at viva@vivaasmelash.com, and she will schedule a 20-30 minute window with you. We need to cap this at six slots so requests will be honored on a first-come, first-serve basis. Thanks for understanding.

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