The Equity Collaborative came to a close in March 2021. At SWACH, we know that equity work does not have an end date and are identifying opportunities to continue to learn alongside our organizational and community partners. Thank you to our partners that participated the last two years in the Equity Collaborative and actively invested in each other’s learning and support in putting learning into action.
Join us in celebrating our Equity Collaborative Partners!
|Cascade Pacific Action Alliance||Family Solutions||Providence Medial Group|
|The Children’s Center||Kaiser Permanente||Share|
|Columbia River Mental Health||Klickitat Valley Health||Skyline|
|Community Services Northwest||Lutheran Community Services Northwest|
|Council for the Homeless||Providence CORE|
Equity Growth Plan Update
SWACH’s Justice Equity Diversity & Inclusion Squad (JEDIS) continue to lead the organization through its equity growth plan process. An aim statement was developed using a consensus building approach:
In two years, SWACH is a learning organization where challenging the status quo is an invitation to grow and change together and a demonstration of our commitment to being an anti-racist organization. As a leader in equitable practices and a trusted community partner, SWACH is a catalyst for systems change that results in equitable communities. SWACH values community members’ voices and experiences: listening informs our actions.
Based on our equity assessment results, priority areas are being developed to help us achieve our aim statement. We thank you for your patience while our organization is in a transitional period. Opportunities to provide feedback on our equity growth plan will be highlighted soon.
You may contact Kim Lepin to contribute to this discussion.
Building our Capacity
SWACH staff have been participating in a series of trainings and facilitated conversations over the past several months. Some of the topics include:
White Supremacy Culture
SWACH Staff are using their Anti-Racist Bookclub to use a racial equity lens on topics staff are passionate about.
Access to Nature
- Segregated parks linked to higher COVID-19 deaths for Black and Latino Americans
- Who do you imagine in the outdoors?
- Rethinking Bird Names
- Karen Washington: It’s Not a Food Desert, It’s Food Apartheid
- How Racism Has Shaped the American Farming Landscape – Eater
- Ron Finley: A guerrilla gardener in South Central LA