BSAC launches refreshed equality, diversity and inclusion policy along with a language awareness eLearning module to support members and clubs to ensure they are inclusive to all.
BSAC’s new strategic plan for 2021-2023 is striving to build a community of divers and snorkellers as well as welcoming and encouraging a more diverse membership. BSAC Council has been working with volunteer members and HQ staff to refresh the previous equality and diversity policy, now including what to do if you have a concern or if a concern is reported to you as a volunteer.
As part of its refreshed equality, diversity and inclusion policy, the free language awareness course is available online for all members to complete. The eLearning course covers the use of appropriate language for a supportive event and club environment and takes around 30 minutes to complete.
While all members can access the free course, BSAC is particularly encouraging Branch Officers and instructors to complete the course as soon as possible.
BSAC Council's Rachael Brown introduces the course...
BSAC Eastern Regional Coach, Lisa Shafe, who worked on developing the language awareness course said:
Equality means making sure everyone has an equal opportunity. Diversity is about celebrating the difference in individuals and inclusion is about making sure no one feels left out.
It is up to us, as BSAC members and volunteers, to lead by example and understand what language we should be using to refer to people, and how to avoid exclusionary terms. So, with the new eLearning course, we want to raise awareness of language so that we are not inadvertently making someone feel uncomfortable or excluded.
The language awareness eLearning course is now part of BSAC’s updated equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) policy and is in line with the Equality Act 2010. BSAC is also asking all instructors and Branch Officers to familiarise themselves with the new EDI policy.
Members can access the language awareness course at bsac.com/edicourse and within the eLearning platform on the BSAC website. The new EDI policy can be downloaded from bsac.com/edi and found within the policy section.
If you have any questions or feedback about EDI, the new policy or the language awareness course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.