The Child Center's Statement of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusiveness
The Child Center is committed to being part of a community moving towards equity and just conditions for all. We embrace this commitment as central to providing support and care for members of the communities we are a part of, and recognize that for many in our community, access to equitable and safe mental and behavioral health services has often not been a reality.
The Child Center believes that:
- Its core values are strengthened when all clients and staff have a voice and are given the space and support to feel safe, seen, and heard.
- Every member of humanity has a contribution to make to the whole. It is our duty to encourage and promote that contribution, and to address barriers.
- Working towards a more equitable world and organization are active processes that require continuous commitment to promote healthy people, healthy communities, and the overall wellness of present and future generations.
Our values are realized through or by:
- Fostering a culture of open-mindedness, compassion, and recognition of the impact our lived experiences have on us.
- Actively building a community whose members have diverse cultures, backgrounds, and lived experiences which inform organizational practices.
- Providing effective leadership in the development, coordination, implementation, and assessment of a comprehensive array of programs and services to promote equity and an understanding of how histories and current experiences of oppression and injustice impact how people approach and engage with our programs.
- Creating and maintaining opportunities for engagement, education, and discourse related to issues of equity, justice, histories of oppression, and inclusivity.
- Identifying competencies that are essential to creating environments enriched with diverse views and people, including self-reflection and a commitment to growth.
- Providing educational opportunities toward the development of socially responsible leaders who are willing to engage in discourse and decision-making that can lead to transformational change toward learning, achievement, healthy people, and healthy communities.
- Honoring freedom of expression, ideals of citizenry, and civility of discourse as fundamental to personal, professional, and organizational growth.