CBC's Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Since the club’s founding in 1909, CBC members have been active stewards of the sport of rowing, the Charles River environment, and our surrounding community.

We believe that being intentional about diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) makes us even stronger stewards of these efforts.

We are committed to ensuring that CBC’s culture, policies, programs, and practices provide an environment where everyone feels welcomed, valued, and included in the life of the club so that supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion becomes intrinsic to everything we do.

Our Approach

Within CBC, we have a responsibility to ensure openness and accessibility in a community welcoming to all. To that end, the board is prioritizing four parallel initiatives to help us advance diversity, equity, and inclusion.

  • Communication: Communicate CBC’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, both within our membership and outside the club.
  • Social Programming: Integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion into our social and other programming.
  • Youth Programming: Guide diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts in youth rowing programs at CBC, including the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School.
  • Community: Collaborate with other clubs and organizations on DEI initiatives.

How You Can Help

Volunteering is central to the club’s culture, and all members are encouraged to follow their interests and skills and get involved in club activities. If you are passionate about enhancing DEI, there are many ways you can help. Become familiar with the DEI landscape and support the work of CBC members on programs and activities that contribute to these club priorities:


Social Programming

  • Support DEI-themed events at CBC by volunteering, planning, and attending them.
  • Serve on CBC committees.

Youth Programming

Volunteer with our youth rowing programs (CRLS, CBC Juniors, Learn to Scull). Learn more about CBC’s youth programming here:

  • CBC-Sponsored Youth Rowing
    • Competitive Juniors Programs is a selective, competitive rowing program for high school athletes focused on sculling and small boat racing, with an eye toward developing highly competitive athletes. Contact Jon Smith or Coach Abby Knight for more information and follow them on Instagram: cbcjuniors
    • Learn to Scull is a program designed to introduce high school boys and girls to the fundamentals and joys of sculling. Contact CBC members Mary Kay Kenney or Bill Becklean for more information.
  • CRLS Crew
    • Cambridge Rindge & Latin School: CBC provides a home for the Cambridge Rindge & Latin boys and girls crew teams, one of the largest public high school rowing programs on the Charles River and one of few public school programs that do not charge families a fee to participate. Contact CBC members Mary Kay Kenney or Bill Becklean for more information and follow them on Instagram:crlsmcrew (men’s rowing) orcrlsfalcons (CRLS athletics)