LCS Diversity and Inclusion Statement
The Lakeside Curative Board of Directors believes that bringing diverse individuals together allows us to more equitably serve our mission and address the challenges that face our organization. We provide training and community engagement for youth and adults of varying abilities to enhance their self-esteem and quality of life, and this is most effectively accomplished when we are inclusive. The Board enacts its commitment to promoting an equitable, diverse, and inclusive community by encouraging and valuing:
- Inclusive Representation: We will actively build a Board, volunteer group, and staff whose members reflect the diverse cultures, backgrounds, abilities, and life experiences of our communities. We affirm the uniqueness of each individual and value individual ways of existing in the world. We are committed to understanding how personal, cultural, and historic aspects of identity that contribute to and enrich our community.
- Intentional Exploration & Understanding: We challenge ourselves to examine our cultural viewpoints and assumptions, and to modify when appropriate. We are committed to better understanding the experiences of our clients and their families from diverse backgrounds, as well as to challenge our own practices.
- Meaningful Interaction & Dialogue: We challenge ourselves to interact meaningfully with the community and to learn from one another, honoring our differences while inviting dialogue. We encourage curiosity and inquiry, so that we can learn from a diverse range of experiences and points of view.
- Service Orientation: We use the above practices to instill a consciousness of social justice, an ethic of citizenship, and a commitment to service. This includes reaching outside the Board to establish beneficial relationships with individual and institutional partners who share mutual goals and interests.