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.


Welcome Our New DEI Coordinator

Tina McDaniel

Experienced Diversity and Equity Professional Tina McDaniel Joins Bristol’s Promise Team

BRISTOL, TN – Bristol’s Promise has worked alongside many organizations in our region on issues surrounding diversity, equity, and inclusion for many years. Now they have taken the next step and proudly announce their newest initiative to further support the work being done in our communities.

Tina McDaniel is the first Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Coordinator for Bristol’s Promise and brings years of experience to her new position. McDaniel holds a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership and is a Certified Diversity Professional (CDP) as well as a certificate of Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University. McDaniel has served on the ETSU Roan Scholar selection team and currently serves on the advisory board for the King University Institute for Faith and Culture, and a board member for the newly formed Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Alliance of Northeast, TN and Southwest, VA.

“We are excited to have Tina join our team and are looking forward to working with our community partners to support the work already underway. Tina brings a wealth of knowledge and experience and a deep commitment to our communities,” said Melissa Roberts, Program Coordinator.

Research shows that by reinforcing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) programs, communities, companies, and organizations benefit from the rich variety of people from different backgrounds, cultures and experiences. This lends itself to a balance of voices and people that are often overlooked. In turn, this creates higher levels of engagement, productivity, and innovation in the workplace and the community as a whole.

McDaniel currently resides in Bristol, TN with her husband William.

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.  



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.