Diversity and Inclusion

Our commitment

All are welcome
at SVCC.

We are committed to making Silicon Valley Curling Club a diverse and inclusive environment in which all curlers can thrive. We strive to be a community that welcomes and supports people of all backgrounds and identities. This includes, but is not limited to, members of any race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, color, immigration status, social and economic class, educational level, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, size, family status, political belief, religion, and mental and physical ability.

Reports of exclusionary language, behavior, and harassment are taken seriously at SVCC. Please read the Code of Conduct for more information about our policies.

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“As curlers we strive to provide a welcoming and inclusive community, but it is clear our club and our sport are not representative of the communities in which we curl. We must acknowledge this deficit runs counter to our espoused values, and have work to do in order to close this gap.”

– SVCC Board of Directors
in an email sent to membership in response to the growing unrest across the nation due to systemic racial injustice in America, June 2020

Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives

In June 2020, the SVCC Board of Directors created a Diversity Committee whose primary goal is to tackle initiatives that will increase the representation of the diversity of the local communities in which we curl and allow SVCC to truly become the welcoming and inclusive community all curlers strive for.

OPEN TO ALL

Ensuring any member of our greater community will feel welcome and respected when curling with SVCC

ADVOCATE

Advocating to our regional and national associations to create opportunities to increase diversity in curling

OUTREACH

Expanding community outreach in order to introduce curling to a wider and more diverse audience

COLLABORATION

Collaborating with external organizations supporting underrepresented communities in the South Bay Area

Get Involved

Contact us if you would like to join our Diversity Committee to help shape our club policies or
are interested in partnering with Silicon Valley Curling Club on our Diversity and Inclusion initiatives.

CONTACT US

Additional Resources

The following are resources that we have found to be informative and we hope will help us on our mission to promote diversity in curling. If you have additional resources you would like to share with us, please let us know

GOLDLINE DIVERSITY TALKS

Goldline Curling Supplies launched a series of discussions about shortcomings of curling and ways to make ours a more inclusive sport. These discussions were live streamed and shared on their Instagram page and are an insightful resource for anyone understanding how diversity or a lack thereof impacts curling.

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MOPAC’s COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY

SVCC’s regional association, the Mountain Pacific Curling Association (MoPac), has compiled a list of curling-specific resources that address diversity within the sport as well as general resources on inclusion.

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WORLD CURLING FEDERATION

The World Curling Federation (WCF) is the world governing body of the Olympic sport of curling and Paralympic sport of wheelchair curling. The WCF, which currently includes 63 member nations, is a great starting point to find curling in any country.

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GLOBAL INITIATIVE FOR DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION IN CURLING

The Global Initiative for DEI in Curling provides educational opportunities in the form of virtual webinars/workshops, shared discussions/best practices, and resources/frameworks to support programmatic change at the organizational level by drawing upon the collective wisdom and resources of its members from all over the world. Find them on Facebook by clicking the link below. #changethefaceofcurling

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USA CURLING DIVERSITY & INCLUSION

The National Governing Body of the Olympic sport of curling and the Paralympic sport of wheelchair curling in the US, USA Curling’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee is comprised of subcommittees focusing on topics such as Adaptive Athletes, BIPOC, Allyship, LGBTQ+, and Gender. Their site also includes resources for clubs and/or curlers to reference when moving toward a more diverse and inclusive curling community.

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PODCASTS DISCUSSING DIVERSITY IN CURLING

A number of curling podcasts have discussed the topic of diversity, inclusion, and equality in curling. Here are a few we’ve come across.

Rocks Across the Pond Ep 54: Making Our Community More Inclusive with Adriana Camarena

HEAR THE EPISODE: ROCKS ACROSS THE POND

Game of Stones Identity, Race, & Sports with Ornella Nzindukiyimana of St. Francis Xavier University

HEAR THE EPISODE: GAME OF STONES