We define Diversity as the vast range of human experience, pertaining specifically but not exclusively to race, religion, ethnicity, gender identity, socio-economic status, ability, and/ or age. Tenets of our diverse culture include sharing space with people of different cultures, seeking new ideas, exposing school communities to cultures different than their own, and a growing awareness outside of someone’s own lived experience.
We define Equity as a reparative process in which every individual gets what they need to get to where they are going. As systemic injustices in the form of white supremacy, sexism, ableism, etc. have historically and continue to uphold unequal opportunities for people of privilege, “equity” cannot be reached through “equality”. Tenets of our equitable culture include transparency, collective accountability, embracing conflict as a transformative tool, and processes of restorative justice.
We define Inclusivity as the elevation of all voices within our internal and external decision-making processes; acknowledging our history as a predominantly White institution, in the predominantly white field of non-profit work, Inclusivity means intentional work to develop processes of elevating the voices of populations who have systemically been excluded from institutional power, within the context of Indiana, these have been majority Black and/or Brown communities. Tenets of our inclusive culture include making room for folks who speak less, recognizing and verbalizing natural power dynamics, and recruiting and hiring staff/board/teaching artists who represent the communities we are serving.
We define Access as both the removal of barriers and the support of systems-
We define Belonging as a feeling that each one of us is an important part of a group in which we have been included. Belonging is a sense that each has a place and space here and that we have an understanding of how the boundaries of our role fit in with those of the members of the rest of our group. When we belong, we enthusiastically consent to be present. Tenets of a culture of belonging include everyone feeling seen, valued, and a part of a common mission.