Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

The Junior League of Abilene welcomes all women who value our mission. We are committed to inclusive environments of individuals, organizations and communities.

2020-2021 Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee Members:

Kenna Hogan – Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion – Committee Chair

Cornelia Alvarez – Education and Training Chair – Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Chair Elect
Chelsea Rico – Membership Development Committee, Diversity Equity & Inclusion Committee
Stephanie Robinson – Research and Development Chairman, Diversity Equity & Inclusion Committee
Denise Hernandez – Community Partners Chairman, Diversity Equity & Inclusion Committee
Wendy Tamez – Christmas Carousel Tickets Assistant Chairman, Diversity Equity & Inclusion Committee
Estefania Hobson – Finance Director, Diversity Equity & Inclusion Committee 
Aida Pantoja – Care Packs for Kids Assistant Chairman, Diversity Equity & Inclusion Committee 
Taylor Tomanka – Past President, Reindeer Run 5k Assistant Chairman, Diversity Equity & Inclusion Committee 
Bria Varner – Admissions Committee, Diversity Equity & Inclusion Committee

DE&I Committee Vision Statement: 

Approved by the Board of Directors on September 2, 2020 

The JLA Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee has established the following strategic objectives to guide us as we work to ensure all women feel welcomed and valued in the Junior League of Abilene: 

  • Diversity – Cultivate the representation of including but not limited to, age, racial, ethnic, religious, LGBTQIA+, and socioeconomic diversity 
  • Inclusion – Create an engaging environment where all members are warmly welcomed and feel a sense of belonging 
  • Education – Create training opportunities to meet the needs of JLA’s diverse membership
  • Communication – Ensure Diversity and Inclusion initiatives, actions and results are transparent 
  • Accountability – Hold leadership accountable for achieving meaningful Diversity and Inclusion goals and objectives in addition to recognizing accomplishments. Partner with leadership to embed diversity, equity and inclusion throughout our League. 

2020-2021 Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee Projects :

  • Development of a 5-year DE&I Strategic Plan
  • Create education and training opportunities to foster a culture that promotes a welcoming and inclusive environment for current and prospective members of JLA
  • Improvements to recruitment, outreach and expansion programs of underrepresented groups of women
  • Planning, creating and sharing opportunities to celebrate our diverse membership

Additional Content and Education Resources: 

JLA Suggested Reading List: 

Coming soon!

Questions? Problems? Ideas? We want to hear from you!

Contact Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee Chair Kenna Hogan at: kennahogan@gmail.com