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In 2017, The Mockingbird Society embarked on an ambitious 3-year strategic plan which includes a priority area for the development of an intentional, agency-wide equity and inclusion plan that focuses on internal operations, program services, and governance. Moving forward, Mockingbird is pledging to put race equity at the forefront of all the work we do. As part of this commitment we have updated the agency’s theory of change and mission statement to demonstrate our expressed commitment to equity and to reflect the diversity of the young people we work with.

The defintion of equity we use to create the lens we apply to our work is: The guarantee of fair treatment, access, opportunity and advancement for all individuals, while at the same time striving to identify and eliminate the barriers that have prevented the full participation of some groups.

We have created a Racial Equity Committee, comprised of board members, youth and adult staff to guarantee this priority remains critical to our work. This group is charged with ensuring everything we do as an agency demonstrates our moral commitment to equity and seeks to undo the negative impacts of intersectionality.

Putting our priorities into practice, we have dedicated November’s Mockingbird Times to our commitment to living race equity in our work. As we move into the holiday season and into 2019, we urge our readers to keep equity in mind in all things you do. We challenge you to stand up to the injustices going on in our communities and to our most vulnerable neighbors.

To see more articles, art and poetry reflecting on our commitment to race equity please visit the digital copy of the Mockingbird Times

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