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Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland’s is committed to promoting an enriching and supportive climate that allows all staff, girls, and members to thrive and succeed. Through our DEI education and initiatives, we strive to create a workplace that reflects the communities we serve and empowers all to live the Girl Scout Law to the fullest. Our continued focus for diversity, equity, and inclusion is critical to achieving the best programming for the Girl Scout community today and in the future.

Diversity, equity and inclusion are core values of Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland. We aim to empower every Girl Scout to make the world a better place. We acknowledge the impacts of systemic racism and oppression, and we are committed to working together to build an anti-oppressive society and continuing that journey within our own organization.

GSOH and Girl Scouts of the USA value diversity in all its forms and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, alienage or national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, disability, gender, marital status, familial status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identification, gender expression, genetic information, public assistance, local human rights commission activity, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws. Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland does not tolerate discrimination by its staff, volunteers, members, partners, or participants.


GSOH is committed to creating an environment where all girls can participate in a movement that encourages them to overcome barriers and become leaders in their community and world.

All GSOH staff, volunteers, and members are expected to think, speak, and act in ways that ensure all people feel they belong and can meaningfully participate in all aspects of Girl Scouting.

GSOH is committed to inclusion and will make reasonable efforts to provide accessibility to Girl Scouts of all levels of abilities.

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Further the Conversation

Being an ally is a verb not a noun. It is the commitment to a lifelong journey of learning about and recognizing your privilege. Below are additional resources for caregivers and children to continue exploration of topics related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

For Adults

For Kids

Books for Daisies & Brownies
  • Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music by Margarita Engle
  • Eyes that Kiss in the Corners by Joanna Ho
  • Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story by Kevin Noble Maillard
  • I Am Perfectly Designed by Karamo Brown and Jason Brown
  • Magic Ramen: The Story of Momofuku Ando by Andrea Wang
  • Malala’s Magic Pencil by Malala Yousafzai
  • Mango, Abuela, and Me by Meg Medina
  • Nya’s Long Walk: A Step at a Time by Linda Sue Park
  • Papá and Me by Arthur Dorros
  • Pecan Pie Baby by Jacqueline Woodson
  • Sadiq and the Desert Star by Siman Nuurali
  • Sulwe by Lupita Nyong'o
  • We are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom
  • When We are Kind by Monique Gray Smith
Books for Juniors
  • Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan
  • Bayou Magic by Jewell Parker Rhodes
  • Black Elk’s Vision: A Lakota Story by S.D. Nelson
  • Dancing Home by Alma Flor Ada, Gabriel M. Zubizarreta
  • The Great Wall of Lucy Wu by Wendy Wan-Long Shang
  • Mindy Kim and the Yummy Seaweed Business by Lyla Lee
  • Nina Soni, Former Best Friend by Kashmira Sheth
  • President of the Whole Sixth Grade by Sherri Winston
  • Siha Tooskin Knows the Love of the Dance by Charlene Bearhead, Wilson Bearhead
  • The Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes
Books for Cadettes
  • Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
  • Dactyl Hill Squad by Daniel Josè Older
  • Dumpling Days by Grace Lin
  • The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Perez
  • Flying Over Water by Shannon Hitchcock, N.H. Senzai
  • Future Author Extraordinaire by Susan Tan
  • Future Legend of Skate and Sword by Henry Lien
  • I Lived on Butterfly Hill by Marjorie Agosin
  • I’m OK by Patti Kim
  • It Ain’t SO Awful, Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas
  • Merci Suarez Changes Gears by Meg Medina
  • My Family Divided: One Girl’s Journey of Home, Loss and Hope by Diane Guerrero, Erica Moroz
  • Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes
  • One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
  • Shooting Kabul by N.H. Senzai
  • A Thousand Questions by Saadia Faruqi
  • The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata
Books for Seniors & Ambassadors
  • #Notyourprincess: Voices of Native American Women – Lisa Charleyboy, Mary Beth Leatherdale (editors)
  • The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan
  • Bamboo People by Mitali Perkins
  • Dear Martin by Nic Stone
  • Elatsoe by Darcy Little Badger
  • Felix Ever After by Kacen Callendar
  • Hearts Unbroken by Cynthia Leitich Smith
  • How it Went Down by Kekla Magoon
  • Internment by Samira Ahmed
  • The Lightning Dreamer: Cuba’s Greatest Abolitionist by Margarita Engle
  • A Maze Me: Poems for Girls by Naomi Shihab Nye
  • Picture Us in the Light by Kelly Loy Gilbert
  • Slay by Brittney Morris
  • This Side of Home by Renee Watson
  • We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia
Podcasts for Young People