Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging at LifeMoves

Vision & Mission

A LifeMoves that embraces and celebrates the diversity of all our staff, clients, and the communities we represent and serve. We strive to build equity across all positions and roles at LifeMoves by fostering a culture of collaboration, mutual understanding, and respect for each individual’s identity, experience, perspective, and journey.

To achieve this, our mission is to be a nexus that brings together the perspectives of all positions and roles within the LifeMoves community to share thoughts and suggest actions that promote diversity, advance equity, foster inclusion, and create a sense of belonging. The committee will address structural gaps in representation, cultivate an environment where all identities are valued and respected, and provide resources that educate and explore different points of view.

We will accomplish this by identifying baselines and opportunities for change, being solution-focused and future-facing, and bringing awareness to different cultures and identities agency-wide.

Our vision requires immediate and extensive action.

DEI & Belonging Definitions

Diversity

Everything that makes us who we are, seen and unseen

The full range of staff differences both visible and invisible including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, generation, socioeconomic status, education, citizenship status, religious affiliations & beliefs, mental or physical ability, communication styles, national origin, political beliefs, language, and cultural norms, traditions, and values.

Equity

Eliminating barriers

Eliminating barriers that have prevented the full participation of communities and individuals most impacted by systemic oppression. We achieve equity by ensuring that everyone has support and access to the resources they need to be successful.

Inclusion

Celebrating & embracing all backgrounds

The active practice of celebrating and embracing staff of all backgrounds, identities, abilities, and perspectives to feel accepted, safe, empowered, supported, and affirmed to be their authentic selves at work.

Belonging

A culture of trust, where all voices are heard

Fostering a workplace where all people are recognized for their inherent worth and dignity, talents, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of living without feeling the need to change, alter, or assimilate. Belonging is a real sense of fitting in as yourself and feeling like you are an important member of the team.

In Action Recommendations

#1

Create Pay Transparency, Fair Promotion, and Advancement Opportunities regardless of one’s social identities

#2

Provide training opportunities to promote awareness of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging

#3

Create a sense of belonging through transparent communication about important company
developments

Resources

Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence by Derald Wing Sue

Understanding and Facilitating Difficult Dialogues on Race

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

Bestseller that sparked the BLM movement, according to the NY Times

New York Times Best Non-Fiction Sellers

Including White Fragility and How To Be Anti-Racist

Stamped From the Beginning – The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America

by Ibram X. Kendi

They Can’t Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore and a New Era in America’s Racial Justice Movement

by Wesley Lowery

Deepen your understanding of racism in America

Recommended book list

US Businesses Must Take Meaningful Action Against Racism
“Black Birders Week” Promotes Diversity and Takes on Racism in the Outdoors
Bystander Intervention Training to Stop Anti-Asian/American and Xenophobic Harassment
Dismantling Racism Workbook

by dRworks

White Supremacy Culture

by Tema Okun

From White Racist to White Anti-Racist: The Life-Long Journey

by Tema Okun, dRworks

Between the World and Me by Ta-Neshi Coates
Scaffolded Anti-Racist
Resources

Communities of Color and Mental Health:

Mental Health America has facts, research, articles, and resources regarding communities of color and mental health.
44 Mental Health Resources for Black People Trying to Survive in This Country.

LGBTQ+ Community

The LifeMoves DEI Committee welcomes you to learn more about the LGBTQ+ community and has provided a few articles to explore. Feel free to take a look around!

How to be an ally

History of Pride

Gender Pronouns

Supreme Court Ruling, June 15th, 2020 – The Supreme Court banned LGBTQ+ discrimination, which means employers cannot fire anyone who identifies under the spectrum.

*Find more culture recognition days at Awareness Days.com
Bonus ** The Gift of Forgiveness Inspiring Stories From Those who Overcome the Unforgiveable by Katherine Schwarzenegger Pratt and Pamela Dorman https://www.amazon.com/Gift-Forgiveness-Inspiring-Overcome-Unforgivable/dp/1984878255