To reflect our commitment as an organization, we recently launched a new Diversity, Equity and Inclusion statement. Our team’s journey to get here feels just as, if not more, important than the statement itself. The initiative was led by our Diversity Council and reflects input from nearly everyone in the organization. The process took many months of thoughtful debate that encouraged us to go deeper and explore what diversity truly means to us – the result summed up in one point in time as a statement, which you can read below.
Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Diversity, equity and inclusion are vital to The Broad Center’s work – in our programs, with our partners and for our team members. We recognize that institutional racism and the historic oppression of people of color have resulted in the educational inequities we see across the country, and we believe that we have a responsibility to dismantle systems that perpetuate racism. To that end, we strive to identify, disrupt and change behaviors and practices – tacit or explicit – that lead to these inequities, so that all students thrive. We acknowledge that The Broad Center is in a privileged position given our resources and influence – and that deepens the responsibility and opportunity we have to effect social change.
We believe that education leaders must have the courage, knowledge and openness to replace the practices that have historically perpetuated injustices with equitable, culturally competent and accessible ones. We are dedicated to supporting those K-12 school system leaders who are driving impact and making a difference in the lives of students in our country’s urban centers. Our team works to elevate the voices and experiences of historically oppressed urban public-school populations, including Black, Latinx, immigrant, undocumented, English-learner, people with disabilities, low-income and LGTBQIA+ perspectives and illuminate the way our school systems perpetuate those experiences today.
The Broad Center’s collaborative and inclusive culture is a defining factor of our organization and drives our ability to do this work. Therefore, we commit to building a diverse team that reflects the experiences of the students, families and communities we serve. We believe this fosters stronger ideas by leveraging a broad set of skills, experiences and viewpoints, leading to greater impact. We strive to build a climate where personal narratives motivate our individual work and inform the work of our teams.
We celebrate how far we’ve come, but we know there is still more work to do. We anticipate failures along the way and it’s from those failures that we believe we can enrich our work to achieve equitable outcomes for all students. Our goals for diversity, equity and inclusion will evolve as we learn and grow. We are committed to look critically at ourselves and the field to dig deep into our challenges because our work is never done.
[Consistent with our work, The Broad Center’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion statement will evolve as we learn, grow, try, fail and make progress.]