SE Uplift's Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Accessibility Work
SE Uplift’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) workgroup has been meeting regularly and have been working diligently over the last six months to complete a number of DEIA documents in time for the onboarding of our new SEUL board members and new Neighborhood Association board members joining our organization this spring. The workgroup consisted of SEUL staff, the new Executive Director (joined upon arrival), the executive committee, and human rights activist and Consultant, Cliff Jones. The workgroup completed the following outputs this reporting period:
1) DEIA Statement which acknowledges the harm that historical practices and policies have produced systemic inequities for under-represented, disenfranchised and marginalized communities that resulted in harmful and unfair outcomes and SEUL’s commitments to correct that.
2) DEIA Code of Ethics is a set of principles designed to create a shared understanding with all staff, volunteers, recipients of grants or services and board members on how to conduct themselves and the values we stand for when working or partnering with SE Uplift. All staff, board members, volunteers, and recipients of funding and services must read and acknowledge this DEIA Code of Ethics. It’s also a tool SE Uplift can use to hold partners accountable for their conduct related to diversity, equity, inclusion and access.
3) Equity Lens which is a tool SEUL staff and board volunteers will use to evaluate decisions, activities and programming moving forward.
These documents will allow our organization to better serve everyone in our community and ensure we create space and opportunity for everyone in our community. The documents were approved by the SE Uplift Board July 6th 2020 for their adoption. Staff will begin to implement the documents and continue to move the DEIA work forward through trainings, in our systems and structure, and programming.
The DEIA workgroup and documents compliment the work SE Uplift staff has been doing for years to modify our programming to serve historically underserved populations within our coalition area, and partner and support more diverse groups and community members in our coalition area.
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