Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice

Achievements in 2021 – 2022

Diversified our staff, board and advisory council: both our Executive Director and Board President are Black women
Diversified our cohort of student leaders: 49% of our Fellows and Field Representatives are BIPOC
Updated our mission, vision, and values to reflect our commitment to intersectional justice
Continued to audit and update our policies and best practices to prioritize DEIJ

Process

Our diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice journey began in 2018 with the creation of our first DEIJ Action Plan in collaboration with Nourish Consulting.

In 2021, we began working closely with Dr. Akilah Cadet and her Change Cadet team to continue our journey of DEIJ. This process has included sensitivity editing of all of our organizational documents. In addition to our documents, our organizational policies and best practices have been updated to include language and actions to further our DEIJ work. Dr. Cadet has led our team and student leaders on a series of DEIJ workshops, including “Dismantling White Dominant Culture and Apology” and “From Ally to Anti Racist”. 

In 2022, we took a look at our mission, vision, and values and examined how well they represented our work. In the spirit of growth, Our Climate partnered with the Change Cadet team to update our mission, vision, and value statements to better reflect our growth into an organization fighting for intersectional social and climate justice policy. 

 

Gratitude 

We would like to thank Dr. Akilah Cadet and the Change Cadet team for continuing to guide and support us as we dismantle white supremacy and white dominant culture in Our Climate’s internal and external work. Change Cadet is a change management and organizational development consulting firm that offers a broad array of services including executive coaching, strategic planning, problem solving, and facilitation in support of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in the workplace. To learn more, visit the Change Cadet website.

We recognize this as an ever changing and evolving process. We are open to and eager for feedback and questions. To learn more about our DEIJ work, reach out to our Operations Specialist Meg Bartley at Meg@ourclimate.us. 

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We are the Generations that MUST ACT!

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