Marquis Mapp, Virginia Pride Committee Chair
Marquis Mapp joined the Diversity board in 2021. Through his work with Stonewall Sports-Richmond, he has gained help for both Diversity Richmond and Virginia Pride. He actually chairs our Virginia Pride Board Committee.
Currently he serves on the Leadership Board for Stonewall Sports- Richmond where he is the Community Director. His goal for the past year was to further connect the LGBTQ+ organizations with the vast experience and support that can be found in the members of Stonewall Sports- Richmond. The organization has partnered with LGBTQ+ city leaders to promote representation of LGBTQ+ individuals in decision making surrounding policing, funds utilized for supporting homelessness and advocating for Trans individuals and addressing the unique challenges they face in trying to access services like shelters.
He also oversees the Diversity Equity and Inclusion officer on our Board and helps to promote a more inclusive and equitable experience by reviewing current policies and bylaws and being intentional with the recruitment and retention of our Leadership Board members. In addition, Marquis has spent considerable time educating himself by attending workshops on DEI and leadership and feels that he has gained valuable tools to help enhance his work in creating communities focusing on equity and inclusivity.
“I am a firm believer in the work Diversity- Richmond performs. Like Diversity, Stonewall Sports- Richmond works as a funnel agency to monetarily support community-based organizations that are LGBTQ+ focused, in hopes of helping to enhance the incredible work they are already accomplishing in the community. In addition, I have been very active with the volunteer efforts this past year and using Stonewall as an organization to help recruit and manage volunteers. I am happy to continue to give back by taking a more active role with the organization and providing support and expertise where I can.”