AI's Commitment to DEI
The past year has been incredibly challenging. COVID-19 and the events that have transpired over the last year, have shown a light on the disparities rooted in racism, bigotry, and systemic policies have been on full display for the world to see. For too long voices of underrepresented communities were minimized, while their concerns went unchecked.
Analytic Insight understands that when it comes to DEI and social justice, there is no room for neutrality. We must all use our privileges to confront and challenge not only people on the individual level, but the policies and systems that maintain privileges.
This is a journey we have already started at AI. Nonetheless, we recognize that it will still take a lifetime of learning and critical self-reflection. We commit to doing this with respect, self-awareness, authentic engagement, and a willingness to learn from one another and the communities we serve.
AI has been conducting DEI related work, including aging and disability, childcare, healthcare and homelessness, since 2007. In 2018, AI conducted our first DEI specific project, developing a plan to improve diversity and equity in the Denver, Colorado cannabis industry. Since then, AI has continued to do several more DEI specific projects, and to incorporate DEI into all of our work.
AI incorporates a DEI discussion in our weekly meetings. These discussions include reviews of BIPOC literature, courses, trainings, videos and other professional development activities. AI provides education and resources in real-time on current events.
AI has taken several actions to ensure that our impact on our own community is positive. AI’s culture and values are supported by practices that include employee time off for volunteer activities, support of local non-profits, inclusive and equitable hiring and promotion practices and open dialogue about the important, often difficult topics like racism, discrimination and access.
All members of AI’s project team have completed courses, trainings and webinar modules on various topics related to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI).
Following the racially motivated deadly attack on Asian women in Atlanta, AI staff attended the Massachusetts Town Hall on Anti-Asian Racism Webinar.
AI staff have completed the Anti-Racism I course offered by the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Some AI staff have received a certificate in Foundations of Health Equity Research offered by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
AI staff have completed the Project READY (Reimagining Equity & Access for Diverse Youth) online professional development curriculum, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
As further commitment to DEI, AI presents our goals and actions for the short and long-term.
Become more DEI-driven in our personal, social and professional lives, thus, to increase our credibility addressing the same issues for other communities.
Encourage staff to become social justice advocates through professional development learning and educational opportunities, as well as on-the-job equity trainings, cultural sensitivity, competency and humility trainings and anti-racism trainings.
Encourage staff to continue exploring additional toolkits, books, and other materials that accurately depict and portray the experiences of the BIPOC, LGBTQ and other underrepresented populations.
Leverage expertise within and outside the communities we serve to provide strategies, best practices and success measures that help to mitigate disparities wherever they exist. We will look to partner with organizations and individuals in the community who are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion.
Our collective future requires that all of us commit to fighting racism and inequity in all its forms. We challenge ourselves and support each other to make an impact and remain committed to being anti-racist, culturally humble, equity-centered, social justice advocates in our professional, social and personal lives.