Diversity, Equality and Inclusion

P.E.O. does not discriminate against any woman based on age, ethnicity, religion, or education. 

Our sisterhood is based on friendship and mutual respect. P.E.O. is not political nor is it a political action group. Individually, each member may work for causes of her choice outside of P.E.O.; as sisters, we respect one another’s political and/or religious views and activities. We meet to support each other for fellowship and for the common and untied purpose of assisting women reach their educational goals.

The International P.E.O. Executive Board has, in a letter to all State Presidents, included these words “…racism, bigotry, bullying, hate and social inequities have absolutely no place in our sisterhood…”; “…nothing in our Constitution or the documents of the International Chapter limits our organization’s ability to change the face of P.E.O.” ; and “…local chapters and their members are in charge of changing the face of P.E.O.”

It is clear that there are questions, anguish, some anger, and a lot of loving concern about what to do.

Local chapters can consider options to open discussion: it could be a book everyone reads, a shared movie or video, and/or an invitation to share personal stories to begin to develop understanding. 

We must work together for a solution. 

A message from the Executive Board of International Chapter

August 3, 2020

Ad Hoc Special Committee on the Culture of Inclusiveness in P.E.O.: The Executive Board of International Chapter announced the establishment of this new ad hoc committee on July 18, 2020. The committee’s charge is:

To report on and make recommendations to the Executive Board of International Chapter and the

P.E.O. Sisterhood regarding:

  • traditions and practices that should remain in place to promote inclusiveness in P.E.O.;

  • traditions and practices that should be changed in P.E.O. to ensure that P.E.O. is inclusive;

  • new practices and programs that would work to guarantee a Culture of Inclusiveness in P.E.O.


This committee is diverse in age, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, expertise with disabilities, years of membership in P.E.O. and regional location within the United States and Canada. There are first generation members and legacy members. Everyone has a love for P.E.O., the bonds of sisterhood and our shared mission of women helping women. We are pleased to announce the following committee appointees:


  • Pamela Donnelly, Chapter OK, Illinois – Chairman

  • Gail Albers, Chapter HZ, Colorado

  • Michelle Aldridge, Chapter P, Alberta-Saskatchewan

  • Katherine Best, Chapter FS, Missouri

  • Ariel Delaney, Chapter HW, Washington

  • Gaynor Govias, Chapter Q, Alberta-Saskatchewan

  • Belinda Hargrove, Chapter GO, Texas

  • Elizabeth Humphrey, Chapter ES, Washington

  • Mininder Kaur, Chapter JU, Kansas

  • Jennifer King, Chapter JA, California

  • Pamela Maimer, Chapter AE, District of Columbia

  • Fran Nessen, Chapter BL, Florida

  • Jennifer Onuigbo, Chapter OV, Iowa

  • Barbara Perea-Sena, Chapter BU, New Mexico

  • Mahin Tavakoli, Chapter O, Ontario-Quebec

  • Charlotte Wade, Chapter CJ, New York

  • Linda Yonteff, Chapter M, New York


The committee will report to the executive board quarterly, with a final oral report for this biennium to the Sisterhood at the 2021 Convention of International Chapter. Their final report will be printed in the proceedings of convention.

New Jersey P.E.O.'s are using this portion of the state website to share book titles, movies, videos, and programs that chapters can use to encourage discussion and create awareness and understanding.

If you have suggestions for this page, please email State President, Helen Wolfmeyer (njpeopresident@gmail.com)

Shared by Chapter R, Teaneck 

From the National Museum of African American History and Culture

When was your last courageous conversation?

How do you start a conversation about race or racism? Until recently, few approached the subject in meaningful ways, except among small circles of family and friends with shared experiences.


At the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), we want to help you talk about the complex issue of race and how it impacts our families and communities. 

The Courageous Conversation Compass is one of the many tools in the “Community Building” section of our Talking About Race portal.

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The “Community Building” feature of Talking About Race enables you to:


  • Develop strategies for building community

  • Create community agreements for respectful dialogues with maximum participation

  • Define a “brave space” and understand why it matters

  • Harness the power of storytelling

  • Learn how to enter a dialogue about race and process its content

  • Express gratitude for each journey toward building community and engaging in antiracist work

You are invited to read brief descriptions, watch video clips, stop and think, and, at the end, get guidance on how to talk and act on what you’ve learned.   LEARN MORE

Thank you to Atlantic Philanthropies, a limited life foundation, for their support of Talking About Race.

And, thank YOU for your Charter Membership with NMAAHC! Your support allows us to build programs that spread the value of community throughout the country and the globe. Together, we are providing tools for this country to fulfill its promise of freedom and justice for all.


  1. ‘Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race’ by Debby Irving

  2. ‘White Fragility’ by Robin DiAngelo

  3. ‘The New Jim Crow – Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness’ by Michelle Alexander

  4. ‘How To Be An Anti-Racist’  by Ibram X. Kendi

  5. ‘Tears We Cannot Stop, A Sermon to White America’ by Michael Eric Dyson

  6. ‘Just Mercy’ by Bryan Stevenson

  7. ‘Homegoing’ by Yaa Gyasi

  8. ‘Lies My Teacher Told Me’ by James W. Loewen

  9. ‘The Hate U Give’ by Angie Thomas (young adult book)

  10. ‘A Good Neighborhood’ by Therese A. Fowler

  11. ‘Small Great Things’ by Jodie Picoult

  12. ‘An American Marriage’ by Tayari Jones

  13. ‘American Dirt’ by Jeanine Cummins

  14. Anything written by Maya Angelou


Movies and Documentaries:

  1. 13th – documentary

  2. Just Mercy – based on the book

  3. Eyes on the Prize – 14 hour-long segments based on Civil Rights movement

  4. I Am Not Your Negro -  documentary

  • Wix Facebook page

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