OUR COMMITMENT TO EQUITY
The unrest in our country in the wake of the deaths of too many Black lives underscores how crucial it is to dismantle our inequitable systems. We have been committed to equity as an organization and through our CORE work, but now see that equity is not enough. Systemic racism creates barriers for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, upholds all other forms of oppression, and is an injustice to us all. United Way of Snohomish County recommits to centering equity but will also strive to be anti-racist in all facets of our organization, intentionally disrupt White-dominant culture, and work to create spaces where our staff, board, and partners feel comfortable being their authentic selves. Missteps are to be expected but we’ll use them as an opportunity to grow and learn rather than be defensive. We’re on this journey with you.
Racism, hatred, and discrimination in any form toward any community will not be tolerated. We also stand in solidarity with our Asian communities and want to direct your attention to this list of resources
to learn, give, and take action.
OUR EQUITY WORKGROUP
The following staff are members of our Equity Workgroup. The purpose of the Equity Workgroup is to support the organization’s equity strategies; provide consult on equity issues across the organization, as needed; and serve as knowledgeable thought partners to create a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive environment at United Way of Snohomish County.
John Sese (he/him)
Senior Accounting Manager
Sara McArdle (she/her)
Senior Graphic Designer
WANT TO STRENGTHEN YOUR OWN COMMITMENT?
Getting started is the first step. Here's a list of videos, podcasts, reading materials, and social media accounts to follow to learn and practice more.
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