D E & I Statement

FIRST in Texas is committed to fostering an environment of inclusion, equity, and diversity in all aspects of our business to include supporting teams, and events / activities. We all firmly believe that everyone should have equal opportunities to learn, grow, and contribute regardless of their background, identity, or perspective.

We value and celebrate the diversity of our staff, volunteers, mentors, coaches, and participants, as it enriches our community and brings a variety of experiences, ideas, and talents to the forefront.

We are dedicated to creating an inclusive culture across our programs in Texas where all voices are heard and respected equally. We actively promote an atmosphere of open communication, collaboration, and mutual respect, fostering an environment where different perspectives can be shared and valued. We recognize that diversity goes beyond visible characteristics such as race, ethnicity, gender, age, and abilities, and encompasses a broad spectrum of identities and experiences.

While we respect and value diverse viewpoints, we expect all of our staff, volunteers, mentors, coaches, and participants to uphold the principles outlined in the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Code of Conduct and adhere to the FIRST Core Values both on and off the field. These principles guide our actions and behaviors and emphasize the importance of integrity, respect, cooperation, and professionalism.

We are committed to providing equal opportunities and creating an inclusive space for all individuals to participate, contribute, and succeed. We actively seek to identify and address any barriers or biases that may hinder the full participation and engagement of individuals from underrepresented groups. We strive to ensure that our programs, activities, and events are accessible, welcoming, and supportive to all, and we continuously work towards creating an environment that encourages the growth and success of each individual.

Together, we can create a culture where every individual feels valued, respected, and empowered to contribute their unique talents and perspectives, and where we collectively strive towards a future of innovation, collaboration, and positive change.