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.


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.

Tina McDaniel

Program Coordinator
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Tina D. McDaniel worked as a human resource professional for a telecommunications corporation prior to
retiring in 2017. Upon retirement, she became involved with the YWCA of Northeast TN and Southwest
VA where her passion aligned with the organization’s mission of Eliminating Racism and Empowering
Women. While at the YWCA, she was one of the organizers of Bristol’s first annual Martin Luther King,
Jr. celebration. Her passion has facilitated partnerships with several community organizations. Tina has
a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership and is a Certified Diversity Professional (CDP). She has
completed Cornell University’s Diversity and Inclusion certificate program. Tina has served on ETSU’s
Roan Scholar selection team, currently serves on the advisory board for King University’s Institute for
Faith and Culture, is a board member for Arts Alliance of the Mountain Empire (AAME), and board
member for the newly formed Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Alliance for Northeast TN and Southwest
VA, as well as a member of Northeast State Community College’s Inclusive Excellence advisory
committee. She was formerly employed as a Human Resource Manager for Ballad Health in Russell
County, VA. Tina currently resides in Bristol, TN with her husband William.