Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at MVCCT
We stand in solidarity with the black community. We believe black lives matter. Though MVCCT has been part of the community for over 40 years, we recognize that we have not consistently served nor been representative of the entire community. We commit to change this.
We have a long overdue responsibility to take part in the process of dismantling systemic racism, starting with identifying and addressing our own internalized biases and updating our core values to ensure that we build an organizational culture that reflects representation.
We will take some time to do the necessary work to self-reflect, educate, and understand how our privilege has impacted our choices and excluded the BIPOC (black, indigenous, and people of color) communities. And we will create a plan for moving our organization forward.
Our commitment for the time being is to do the work we must do in order to consciously stand against racism. We value every child who makes up our community and we will create more intentionality around representation.
The DEI Committee will create a DEI Advisory Council to help MVCCT advance the organization’s mission grounded in the core values focused on increasing diversity, equity, and access. The DEI Committee serves as the conduit between the DEI Advisory Council and the MVCCT Board, ensuring consistent and accurate communications so the work can move forward efficiently and effectively for change.
The DEI Advisory Council weeks bi-weekly to further understanding and develop an FY22 DEI Strategic Plan
The DEI Committee will create standing meetings/workshops at 6-8 week intervals for the MVCCT Board of Directors. These workshops are optional for the Board of Directors, and serve as an invitation and space to continue anti-racism work, and to learn with group support. The DEI Council will suggest qualified speakers to present at these meetings to educate/assist in our work as an organization, or may facilitate workshops themselves. MVCCT Board members may also recommend speakers or other materials for anti-racist, equity, inclusion, and access workshops.
June, 2021 to have a Board approved DEI plan for the 2021/2022 Season
Provide different perspectives, experiences, and community connections to help expand who we reach and how we reach them -
Help MVCCT identify barriers and opportunities to overcome existing barriers for reaching youth
Encourage MVCCT to innovate and help hold MVCCT accountable for change
Help MVCCT to not perpetuate harm through commitment to anti-racism and anti-oppression training