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Dismantling Racism: Our Commitment

The Commission is taking long-overdue steps to align our work with anti-racist values and to invite, listen to, and include the voices and ideas of those who have been silenced and marginalized.

In November 2021, our board adopted the following set of racial equity values as the foundation of our 2022 strategic planning process. We will follow these values as we update our mission, vision, and organizational values for the first time in 20 years, with the specific intention of becoming an anti-racist organization that fights to root out inequities in our industry.

The Racial Equity Values are:

EQUITABLE & MEANINGFUL ENGAGEMENT
Ensure that all Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) staff are given the opportunity to contribute to the Commission’s decision-making process and that we are fully engaging our BIPOC community stakeholders.

ACCOUNTABILITY
For the Commission to move toward antiracism, each person must acknowledge and be held accountable for behavior and actions that do not embody the Racial Equity Values.

CHALLENGING WHITE SUPREMACY
We must challenge white supremacy by naming it, understanding how it affects our work and biases, and reversing it through concrete and documented actions.

ACKNOWLEDGING AND ADDRESSING POWER AND PRIVILEGE
Acknowledge that the Commission’s established hierarchies and procedures contribute to structural racism and actively commit to repairing, addressing, and eliminating it.

HUMILITY
We demonstrate humility by acknowledging our blind spots, implicit and explicit biases, and thoughtfully working through conflict with colleagues and partners.

RESPECT
We respect that BIPOC and non-BIPOC individuals have different truths and cultural mannerisms; we commit to being patient and allowing space for all to learn, make mistakes and grow.


 
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