As the topic of racial equity fills so much of the news, we want to inform our members that we have been interviewing and discussing proposed plans with several consultants focused on social and racial justice. We contracted with Seattle-based New Directions Consulting to help us with that work as of June 2017.
provide opportunities for looking at our policies and procedures with a more inclusive lens
We chose this team because it felt the work we did would go beyond just a policy re-write and surface-level training, but rather would provide opportunities for looking at our policies and procedures with a more inclusive lens along with a long-term plan to maintain our commitment to racial equity.
At this time we have developed, with the help and guidance of New Directions, an “Anti-bias, Harassment, and Racial Profiling Policy.” The policy includes methods for documenting interactions, identifying bias or harassment, and outlines corrective actions that will be taken in response to incidents should they occur.
An introduction to the policy, systems, and procedures associated with it began in July 2017 and will be introduced to all 260 Co-op staff over the subsequent 6–8 weeks.
we are forming Racial Equity Teams (RET) at each of our locations
Beyond the policy and process development, we are forming Racial Equity Teams (RET) at each of our locations to ensure the work addressing racial equity continues after our work with the consultant is done.
Community involvement in this work is important to us, and we will be looking for opportunities to engage with people from communities of color.