The HDSC Equity Team has become an integral part of our organization since being founded by a few enterprising staff members in 2017. After meeting monthly for almost a year, the team decided to revamp and reformat at the start of Fiscal Year 2018.
The revamp came with a new mission: challenge inequity within HSDC to correct historical disparities and create institutional change.
The team decided to focus on racial equity, noting that racial discrimination is the dominant form of inequity in our society. Over the course of the year, they continued to meet monthly and discuss how to make HSDC more equitable for people of color. In addition to presenting at staff meetings, they began developing a survey for HSDC’s staff and board, and sent their first monthly equity email in May 2018.
In order to fulfill our own mission of inclusive, accessible communities, HSDC must work to make our organization and services equitable for people of every race, heritage, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, and disability. We’re lucky to have the HSDC Equity Team help us on our journey.