Our VISION is a community united to create a just and equitable place for every child and family.
Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values at the Children & Family Resource Center. CFRC is dedicated to creating a community where all children and families are treated equitably – especially those who have been historically marginalized based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation socioeconomic status, religion, immigration, educational status, or age. We know inequities are deeply rooted in societal practices and that this will require long-term investments from all of us. Our staff and board are committed to evaluating our own policies and procedures to lesson inequity and increase inclusion and diversity.
We honor the experiences, perspectives, and unique identity of all who come to the Center and will work to create positive change and become true allies.
The plan below outlines four areas of focus for our work as part of our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
We aim to recognize, respect, and honor the full identities of all people (race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, immigration status, ability status, age, languages spoken, family formation, etc.) as we consider the organizational culture. We will work to ensure that our work is guided by community expertise, including the lived experience of people most impacted by poverty and injustice.
We believe in the inherent worth and dignity of all people and commit to serving children and families of all ages, economic circumstances, ethnicities, sex, races, range of abilities, religions, sexual orientations, and gender identities/expressions. We recognize and challenge dominant cultural narratives, systems, and power structures that prevent all children from belonging and thriving.
We commit to providing continuous education for staff, families, childcare providers, and the greater community. We commit to advocate vigorously for inclusive solutions that ensure equitable access to resources for children and families as outlined in our Mission & Values.
We are one member of a larger community. We accomplish our mission by working in collaboration and cooperation with others and we actively honor and embrace diversity with the core belief that it will strengthen partnerships and our community and build just and equitable systems.
We acknowledge that our actions are just as powerful as our words and we have a strategic framework in place to continue to look at all we do through an equity lens. A few of the specific actions we are committed to include:
- Offering REI’s Groundwater to all current board members and staff and including this workshop as part of our onboarding process.
- Building staff and board fluency on equity issues by providing continual opportunities for trainings on cultural competency, implicit bias, and inclusion learning.
- Look for organizational support for DEI work in Henderson County and working with other community efforts to support the work.
We recognize the importance of talking with children about race and equity–
often and from a young age! Our youngest learners look to their parents and caregivers to not only create safe environments so they can thrive, but to also give them the tools to process current events.
Check out our Parent Resources tab for tips and tools on how to have these important conversations with the children in your life.