Equity through IDEA
IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Anti-Racism)
Crossnore Communities for Children exists to be a sanctuary for children and their families and exclusion, lack of diversity, inequity, and racism destroy sanctuary.
Exclusion is trauma. Crossnore believes that every person has the right to be who they are and to be invited into community with others.
The lack of diversity is trauma. A diverse community is rich in its heritage and its offerings to members of the community. A diverse community is welcoming to all.
Inequity is trauma. Equity, regardless of gender, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, race, and/or religion, improves outcomes for everyone.
Racism is trauma and is part of systemic community trauma that has long term negative impacts on people and communities of color. Crossnore believes that black lives matter, and we are committed to building an anti-racist organization and supporting the development of racial equity in our communities.
Trauma is defined as a psychological and/or emotional response to an event or experience which is deeply distressing or disturbing to an individual, family, organization, or community.
Crossnore believes that individual and community healing is possible, and we commit to working toward healing.
Part of our Sanctuary Model of Care is the 7 Commitments. Our Evolve committee has written these commitments through an anti-racist lens to help guide our internal work to ensure that we are operating as an anti-racist organization. Click HERE to read these updated commitments.
How does IDEA work in the Crossnore organization?
The IDEA Steering Committee began meeting in the summer of 2020 to address the inclusion, diversity, equity, and anti-racism challenges facing Crossnore. This work has included instituting four workgroups to monitor progress throughout our organization. These workgroups are:
- Staff Policy & Practices
- Client Policy & Practices
- Public Policy
Each workgroup is charged with reviewing their area of responsibility and making recommendations for change.