(Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accountability)
The IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accountability) team was developed in the summer of 2017 as a response to wanting to become a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive organization, which is currently made up of staff, volunteers, and board members.
IDEA Team Mission: Create a structure to hold HomePlate* accountable for promoting and upholding diversity, equity, and inclusion.
*people, policies, and programs
IDEA Team Vision: Ensure all programs and services are equitable and inclusive in both access and outcomes, so everyone, regardless of a person’s background (race, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, religion, and physical/mental disability) feels safe, accepted and valued for who they are.
HomePlate is committed to preserving the dignity, humanity, and uniqueness of each youth (ages 12-24) that we work with on their path to stability. To achieve this, we will:
strive to ensure that all of our programs and services are equitable in both access and outcomes regardless of a person’s race, ethnicity, faith, culture, language, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation or family status, and other perceived differences,
operate with the knowledge that certain communities are significantly over-represented among those experiencing homelessness and housing instability in Washington County and that there are disparities in outcomes for members of those communities,
pursue effective strategies and devote dedicated time and resources at every level of our organization to be responsive to youths’ expressed needs and to address these disparities through high-quality, culturally responsive services.
All staff members have participated in CEI (Center for Equity and Inclusion)'s Reframing Racism workshop