INTRODUCTION TO MHAAO’s DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION INITIATIVE
In January of 2018, MHAAO’s leadership and Board of Directors wrote an Equity Statement to kick off our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiative. We acknowledge that this statement is not reflective of where we currently are as an organization. It is, however, reflective of where we need to be in order to accomplish our mission of being an “inclusive peer-run organization dedicated to self-direction honoring the voice of lived experience.”
While we are making strides in realizing our Equity Statement, this is a continuous effort. Being committed to equity means being committed to constantly assessing our organizational values and the extent to which we are modeling or falling short of them. It also means listening to feedback from our stakeholders and others who have interacted with our organization and taking the time to understand and reflect on those interactions. We intend to do just that.
ABOUT THE DEI COMMITTEE
Our vision is that MHAAO will have an atmosphere that:
lifts the voices of lived experiences at all intersections,
mirrors and honors the diversity of the community,
fosters a safe work environment, while
establishing authentic conversations where honesty matters, and
educating our community on intersecting identities and a multi-cultural spectrum of abilities.
Trust and Honesty
Empowerment, Voice and Choice
Respect and Empathy