We prioritize community in our values and life choices—that is active citizenship. And we know that which communities we choose to prioritize and how we engage is shaped by racism, white supremacy, and many other systems of oppression. We offer limited perspectives, miss things, make mistakes, and reinforce inequalities, especially as a predominately White staff. Still, we are committed to working for justice and understanding our role in that process. We know that Black lives matter and there is much more for us to do to work for a society which values the full potential of all.
We have chosen to share our efforts publicly because we believe in the power of collective action and community accountability. Sharing our actions may offer an opportunity for you to join us in this work and allows you to provide critical feedback that makes our work better.
We offer this overview of our anti-racism work as individual staff members as well as the collective Office of Community Engagement. We will provide updates on these efforts regularly.
Staff Engagement with Anti-Racism Work
These are actions individual members of our staff have or are taking, as well as opportunities we are engaging in together.
OCE Programming and Policies
These are actions we are taking as an office to engage more deeply in anti-racism in our programs and policies.
We share our actions so you know what we are doing and what we value and so that you can offer your feedback and suggestions. You are also welcome to share your anti-racism work with us, as we are eager to support and partner with others through sustained commitment.