Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Our Mission Statement

The Skating Club of Boston® is a leader in advancing participation, education and excellence in skating for people of all ages, abilities and means.

Our Equity Statement

In keeping with the Club’s mission and core values of inclusion, the Club is committed to equitable policies and protocols, education initiatives, honest dialogue around differences, increased access for underrepresented populations, and other initiatives that will make the Club community more inclusive and more representative of the ever-changing and diverse community of which it is part.

DEI at the Club

Diversity is the presence of differences within a community that may include race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, nationality, socioeconomic status, (dis)ability, age, religious commitment, or political perspective. At The Skating Club of Boston, diversity would also include existing members and new members to the Club.

Equity is promoting justice, impartiality and fairness within the procedures, processes, and distribution of resources.

Inclusion is an outcome to ensure that everyone in the Club community feels, and is, welcomed.

Meet Our Management Advisory Group

Ann Buckley
Aleta Forcione
Erica MacInnes
Matt Savoie
Dean Steeger

Community Partners and Programs

Joy Skate Productions

Joy Skate Productions, founded by long-time Club Member Elin Schran, strives to make the joy of skating accessible to all. The organization hosts camps and clinics throughout the New England area designed to accommodate skaters of every age and ability. Learn More

Skating in the Schools

Skating in the Schools makes it a goal to reduce absenteeism and misconduct among its participants and to improve academic performance, especially in the area of science. By also teaching students to skate, the program exposes students to the pleasure and discipline of learning a new sport and the value of exercise and good nutrition.

Skating After School

The Skating Club of Boston runs Skating After School as part of its public/private partnership with the Boston Parks Department to expose Boston Public School students to the pleasure and discipline of learning a new sport, the value of exercise and good nutrition, and the experience of being outdoors in America’s oldest and most treasured public park. Learn More

Adaptive Skating

Adaptive Skating provides children and adults with disabilities access to the sport of figure skating by offering an opportunity to participate in a uniquely tailored skating experience. Each individual is paired with a buddy who works with the individual and their family to provide instruction best suited for their needs. Learn More

Figure Skating in Harlem

Figure Skating in Harlem helps girls transform their lives and grow in confidence, leadership, and academic achievement. They are the only organization in the world for girls of color that combines the power of education with access to the artistic discipline of figure skating to build champions in life. Learn More

News and Events

Skate Night Out to Benefit Figure Skating in Harlem

On April 10, 2021, the JAC is hosted a Skate Night Out to benefit Figure Skating in Harlem. Figure Skating in Harlem is the only organization of its kind to combine the power of education with access to the artistic discipline of figure skating to help low-income girls of color thrive and become strong leaders. Their mission is to help girls transform their lives and grow in confidence, leadership, and academic achievement. Their vision is for every student to develop the foundational academic, social and leadership skills to achieve their dreams.

Joy Skate Productions: Be Here! Be YOU!

On July 17, 2021, Joy Skate Productions held Be Here! Be YOU! – a celebratory skating and dancing “fun-raiser” supporting the LGBTQ+ community. This charity event brought together the fun of skating, gender illusion, exciting performances, great music and joy altogether in one event. Be Here! Be YOU! was hosted by World and national figure-skating champion, Randy Gardner, and the guest of honor was writer/director/composer/performer Faith Soloway. In addition, the event included live performances from Boston’s premier gender illusionist Mizery McRae and drag performer/fashion model Milk. All proceeds for the show went to benefitting Rehearsal for Life. Rehearsal for Life, through the programming of Urban Improv and the Freelance Players, uses theater as a vehicle for social change, empowering young people through creativity, dialogue and performance. They have proudly served over 80,000 young people in Boston and beyond with their dynamic, interactive social and emotional learning programs.

Resources

U.S. Figure Skating

U.S. Figure Skating has taken an important first step in addressing the need to become a more welcoming and inclusive organization, specifically for Black, Indigenous and other People of Color (BIPOC). Learn More

Professional Skaters Association

The Professional Skaters Association is dedicated to providing continuing education and accreditation to ice skating professionals in a safe and ethical environment, and training quality coaches around the world. Learn More

SafeSport

The U.S. Center for SafeSport is an independent 501c(3) non-profit organization focused on ending all forms of abuse in sport. They endeavor to make athlete well-being the centerpiece of the nation’s sports culture through abuse prevention, education, and accountability. Learn More

Affirmative Action – Proactive policies and procedures for remedying the effect of past discrimination and ensuring the implementation of equal employment and educational opportunities, for recruiting, hiring, training, and promoting women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans in compliance with the federal requirements enforced by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs.

Ageism – Discrimination against individuals because of their age, often based on stereotypes.

BIPOC – An acronym for Black, Indigenous and People of Color.

Bisexuality – Romantic and/or sexual attraction to people of more than one sex and/or gender, not necessarily at the same time, not necessarily in the same way, and not necessarily to the same degree.

Cisgender – A gender identity where an individual’s self-perception of their gender aligns with their perceived sex.

Cultural Pluralism – Recognition of the contribution of each group to a common civilization. It encourages the maintenance and development of different lifestyles, languages and convictions. It strives to create conditions of harmony and respect within a culturally diverse society.

Culture – A social system of meaning and custom that is developed by a group of people to assure its adaptation and survival. These groups are distinguished by a set of unspoken rules that shape values, beliefs, habits, patterns of thinking, behaviors and styles of communication.

Disability – Physical or mental impairment, the perception of a physical or mental impairment, or a history of having had a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.

Discrimination – Unfavorable or unfair treatment towards an individual or group based on their race, ethnicity, color, national origin or ancestry, religion, socioeconomic status, education, sex, marital status, parental status, veteran’s status, political affiliation, language, age, gender, physical or mental abilities, sexual orientation or gender identity.

Diversity – Psychological, physical, and social differences that occur among any and all individuals; including but not limited to race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, socioeconomic status, education, marital status, language, age, gender, sexual orientation, mental or physical ability, and learning styles. A diverse group, community, or organization is one in which a variety of social and cultural characteristics exist.

Equality – Evenly distributed access to resources and opportunity necessary for a safe and healthy life; uniform distribution of access to ensure fairness.

Equity – The guarantee of fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement while at the same time striving to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented the full participation of some groups. The principle of equity acknowledges that there are historically underserved and underrepresented populations and that fairness regarding these unbalanced conditions is needed to assist equality in the provision of effective opportunities to all groups.

Ethnicity – A social construct which divides people into smaller social groups based on characteristics such as values, behavioral patterns, language, political and economic interests, history, and ancestral geographical base.

Feminism – Theory and practice that advocates for educational and occupational equity between men and women; undermines traditional cultural practices that support the subjugation of women by men and the devaluation of women’s contributions to society.

Gaslighting – A form of psychological manipulation in which a person or a group covertly sows seeds of doubt in a targeted individual or group, making them question their own memory, perception, or judgment, often evoking in them cognitive dissonance and other changes, including low self-esteem.

Gay – People of the same sex who are attracted sexually and emotionally to each other. More commonly utilized to describe male attraction to other males.

Gender – The socially constructed ideas about behavior, actions, and roles a particular sex performs.

Gender Identity – A personal conception of one’s own gender; often in relation to a gender opposition between masculinity and femininity. Gender expression is how people externally communicate or perform their gender identity to others.

Gender Non-Confirming – Used to describe those who view their gender identity as one of many possible genders beyond strictly man or woman. These individuals have expanded notions of gender expression and identity beyond what is perceived as the expected gender norms for their society or context.

Heterosexism – Social structures and practices which serve to elevate and enforce heterosexuality while subordinating or suppressing other forms of sexuality.

Homophobia – A fear of individuals who are not heterosexual. Often results in hostile, offensive, or discriminatory action against a person because they are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, queer identified, or because they are perceived to be. These actions may be verbal or physical and can include insulting or degrading comments; taunts or ‘jokes’; and excluding or refusing to cooperate with others because of their sexuality.

Human Rights – The basic rights and freedoms to which all humans are entitled, often held to include the right to life and liberty, freedom of thought and expression, and equality before the law. (The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language)

Identity Group – A particular group, culture, or community with which an individual identifies or shares a sense of belonging. Individual agency is crucial for identity development; no person should be pressured to identify with any existing group, but instead the freedom to self-identify on their own terms.

Implicit Bias – Implicit biases are negative associations that people unknowingly hold. They are expressed automatically and without conscious awareness.

Intersectionality – The ways in which oppressive institutions (racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, xenophobia, classism, etc.) are interconnected and cannot be examined separately from one another.

Lesbian – A woman whose primary sexual attraction is to other women.

LGBTQ (QIA) – Acronym for “Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer (Questioning Intersex Allies).” The description of the movement expanded from gay and lesbian to LGBTQ and some include questioning, intersex, allies, same-gender-loving, asexual, pansexual, and polyamorous.

Microaggressions – The everyday verbal, nonverbal, and environmental slights, snubs, or insults, whether intentional or unintentional, which communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative messages to target persons based solely upon their marginalized group membership.

Neurodiversity – Refers to the variation in the human brain regarding sociability, learning, attention, mood, and other mental functions.

Norm – An ideal standard binding upon the members of a group and serving to guide, control, or regulate power and acceptable behavior.

Personal Gender Pronoun – The pronoun or set of pronouns that an individual personally uses and would like others to use when referring to them.

Queer – Term used to refer to people or culture of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender community. A term once perceived as derogatory is now embraced by some members of the LGBTQ community.

Stereotype – A positive or negative set of beliefs held by an individual about the characteristics of a certain group. (The National Multicultural Institute)