Campaign for Inclusion

Our Campaign for Inclusion reflects values of welcome and belonging at the heart of Blue Star Families' work. Using Blue Star Families' theory of change (listen, share, partner, and act) we empower stakeholders to implement best practices that help all military families feel welcomed and included on their military life journey.

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Campaign for Inclusion

Our Campaign for Inclusion reflects values of welcome and belonging at the heart of Blue Star Families' work. Using Blue Star Families' theory of change (listen, share, partner, and act) we empower stakeholders to implement best practices that help all military families feel welcomed and included on their military life journey.

our mission & more

To advocate for the unique community needs of diverse military-and Veteran-connected families to enhance military readiness and retention. We listen to experiences, share our findings, and partner with others to act and empower change.    

To help create an environment where diverse military and Veteran-connected families feel welcome and included in the communities where they live and serve.

  • We use our best-in-class survey methodology to listen to the experiences of diverse military- and Veteran-connected families.
  • We share our findings with community, military, and DOD leaders to empower change.
  • We partner with other military and Veteran service organizations to create a force multiplier around areas of need.
  • We act to create our own programs that improve the experiences of diverse military- and Veteran-connected families that have sacrificed so much for our country.

CAMPAIGN FOR INCLUSION: BACKGROUND

In Summer 2020 in response to concerns we heard during our community pulse check,  Blue Star Families convened a high level committee of diverse senior leaders.  These leaders helped shape the creation of our the Racial Equity and Inclusion Initiative focused on forming a deeper understanding and responding to the needs of military and Veteran-connected families of color.

In keeping with our mission to build strong communities of support to improve our military readiness, we committed to listen, share, partner, and act. Our first-of-its-kind 2021 inaugural survey and the accompanying research report created an intentional space to listen to military- and Veteran-connected families of color.

Data from the inaugural survey released in early 2022 show these families face unique challenges. The good news revealed by our research is that military service has promising benefits for service members of color across all types of needs and areas, including education, healthcare, finances, and more. But challenges which undermine military readiness and retention persist. As we listened, we found that there were opportunities for communities to come together to better support these service members, Veterans, and their families.

In late 2022 with the guidance of our committee we expanded the Racial Equity and Inclusion Initiative to become the Campaign for Inclusion, adding to our purview broader diversity. Helping families feel at home and included in the communities where they live and serve is at the heart of Blue Star Families' work. This campaign offers an opportunity to uphold our mission while empowering stakeholders to come alongside us in this work. 

FIVE IMPACT AREAS

Our Campaign for Inclusion is rooted in 5 impact ares:

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"I work full time. I am a Black mother of two Black boys, and my husband is an active-duty officer. We will move again in less than a month to a new neighborhood, and I am more fearful now than ever about whether the neighborhood will accept my boys and my family."

— A Black Military Spouse

Campaign for Inclusion Partners

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