Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Diversity is the presence of differences that may include race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, nationality, socioeconomic status, language, (dis)ability, age, religious commitment, or political perspective.  Populations that have been-and remain- underrepresented among practitioners in the field and marginalized in the broader society.

Equity is promoting justice, impartiality and fairness within the procedures, processes, and distribution of resources by institutions or systems.  Tackling equity issues requires an understanding of the root causes of outcome disparities within our society.

Inclusion is an outcome to ensure those that are diverse actually feel and/or are welcomed.  Inclusion outcomes are met when you, your institution, and your program are truly inviting to all.  To the degree to which diverse individuals are able to participate fully in the decision-making processes and development opportunities within an organization or group.



Research on “implicit bias” suggests that people can act on the basis of prejudice and stereotypes without intending to do so. While psychologists in the field of “implicit social cognition” study consumer products, self-esteem, food, alcohol, political values, and more, the most striking and well-known research has focused on implicit biases toward members of socially stigmatized groups, such as African-Americans, women, and the LGBTQ+ community.

We’re Hiring!

Full Time Diversity and Equity Coordinator
We’re looking for a dynamic individual who is passionate about creating systems change through a collective impact model.

Good work is already being done in our community and our goal is to bring the work together to create systems-level change to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout our region.

If you or someone you know is interested in applying, please click the graphic to the right for more information about the position and details about how to apply.

This position is open until filled.

Our Statement on Racial Justice

For over 20 years, Bristol’s Promise has worked to bring our Bristol TN/VA community together to preserve our Promises to our community’s children, youth, and families. We continue to learn about and address issues that stand in the way of our young people and families preventing them from finding success and fulfillment in their lives. Adverse childhood experiences, including experiences of racism, bullying, neighborhood violence, and parental incarceration, can have life-long negative health – both mental and physical -impacts. These and other experiences of systematic racism and discrimination are indeed experienced in our Bristol Community as well as communities across our country. 

Bristol’s Promise stands in solidarity with children, youth, and families across Tennessee, Virginia, and the country to denounce racism and the resulting violence and disparities against children, fathers, mothers, caregivers, sons, and daughters of color. Bristol’s Promise commits to action in addressing systemic racism in our organization, our coalitions, and in our community in addition to our country.