We believe a commitment to excellence is synonymous with a commitment to inclusivity, diversity, equity, and access. Inequality within the political, economic, and cultural systems that shape the lives of those in our community limits the potential of many residents. We seek to rise to address such inequality, and our commitment to being an anti-racism organization is key to doing so.
This commitment requires thoughtful, deliberate, and sustained action and accountability. Our commitment should be demonstrated in our work, our workforce, our workplace and our governance, our work with our donors and grantees, and those with whom we partner, support, and do business. It will take all of us working through an earned togetherness to make real and sustained progress on inclusivity, diversity, equity, and access.
That progress is needed if our community is to reach the goal of being a place in which each individual feels safe, respected, and valued, a community in which fair and equal treatment of people no matter what makes them unique, such as their race/ethnicity, religion/creed, gender or gender identity/expression, national origin/ancestry, age, medical condition, physical or mental disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, or socio-economic status is realized.
Finally, through the pursuit of this progress, we honor those who have so much to teach us through their lived experiences and perspectives.