CLC made a commitment, initiated by leadership from the CLC Board of Directors, to make our organization a strong example of progress in these areas. The first step was a statement from the CLC Board of Directors in August of 2020.
DEIB Initiative Leadership Statement – Adopted by the CLC Board of Directors July 27, 2021
The CLC Board of Directors reaffirmed this commitment in July 2021. The Board adopted the following commitment in partnership with the Co-Executive Directors and the DEIB Steering Committee. We view this commitment as an ongoing process of work and learning at every level of the organization.
We believe that developing a workplace and leadership structure that is representative and inclusive of race, ability, age, language, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, and religion is critical to accomplishing our organizational mission and addressing the injurious effects of systemic power and privilege. We believe that when we better reflect the communities we serve, our ability to identify and understand the needs of those communities grows, and our work has a greater impact.
We strive to empower those who experience systemic and historic oppression by building workplace norms and practices that aim to treat everyone equitably by encouraging everyone to contribute their ideas, perspectives, and opinions, paying particular attention to how privilege has historically been given, and how that history provides advantage to some groups and individuals over others.
We acknowledge that social identities impact the way people communicate, whose opinions are respected, and who struggles with misconceptions, judgments, or preconceived notions. We work to foster a welcoming and collaborative environment where those who may otherwise be silenced are included and respected, so that they can bring their best skills and talent to their work, feel fulfilled and feel unified as a team, knowing that together, we have more impact.
We are committed to fostering an open and trusting workplace culture, where biases and stereotypes are discussed and challenged using shared norms and language and everyone feels clearly aligned with CLC’s values, mission, and commitment to equity, fairness, and racial justice.
View a report on Progress to Date below: