As Human Services professionals, we have an ethical duty to become actively anti-racist in our work in order to best serve vulnerable children, youth, adults and families. At SBHG, we offer each employee a variety of outlets to discuss historical and current events and definitions related to racism. We also offer multiple training courses to stay abreast and informed of issues concerning DEIA.
Disproportionality and systemic racism show up in Human Services systems everyday, and we make space for our employees to explore strategies for changing this. We make every effort to ensure our employees have an opportunity to understand the deep history of systemic racism in the United States in key areas that impact families who interface with Human Services systems, and also be able to explain how current examples of systemic racism affect children/youth, adults and families of color.
Every Voice Heard
Our VOICE! Employee Advisory Group facilitates dialogue to improve interagency communications and to discuss overall company issues. In the wake of recent events magnifying social justice issues, two groups were created under the umbrella of the VOICE! Employee Advisory Group, with the specific intention to organize ideas and efforts companywide that pertain to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Antiracism (DEIA) efforts.
The VOICES for Justice and Equity committee meets monthly as a safe space for all marginalized identities to be heard and thrive in the workplace. Our mission statement is to unite SBHG in building awareness and taking action against systemic oppression and advocating for equity and justice in the workplace and the communities we serve.
Acknowledging the need for a collective space for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) staff at SBHG, the BIPOC Support and Advocacy Group was launched in March 2021, and is a peer-led, non-managerial group, building community, expressing concerns, gaining emotional and wellness support from peers, and creating meaningful action with those who share similar ethnic/racial identities.
Our DEIA is an ongoing effort and with these groups in action, we are able to make huge progress in ensuring a safe and stimulating workplace environment through open discussion, real perspective and a baseline level of transparency offered to all our staff.