Here are the organization-wide JEDI priorities we set for the year. An update on each priority follows on the rest of the page.
The bad news is that we didn’t make good progress on this priority. The good news is that in large part, a few of our JEDI priorities were not met because we were accepted into the Working Towards Racial Equity 2-year series led by the UC Berkeley Lawrence Hall of Science and Justice Outside. Led by our commitment to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion, we applied for inclusion in this series in our previous fiscal year and then were accepted and began participating in the winter of this fiscal year. The series involved a 5-month intensive and took a considerable amount of time from a group of our staff. Ultimately, we believe participation in this series will help us elevate our JEDI work at scale.
We have done considerable work in applying justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion principles to our communications after a 2017 review of our communications work found it rife with tokenism, saviorism, and negative stereotypes. (You can read more about this work here.) While we feel positive about what we’ve learned and implemented since that time, we believe it’s important to have external eyes review our work for biases that we may not be seeing. We’ve begun the research of identifying external experts and having conversations about this work and plan to have the assessment completed in FY23.
Sharing content and having discussions is happening across the organization, but primarily in silo-ed ways, via teams and their leaders, and not in a concerted effort across the organization. This has been a challenge for us while navigating our participation in the Working Towards Racial Equity (WTRE) series. While members of the WTRE team are regularly exposed to readings and resources, we haven’t figured out the best way to share them across the organization. The leadership team has been participating in a JEDI discussion group with our board of directors over the last two years – discussing books, movies, articles and podcasts related to JEDI – and have shared the list of resources we’ve discussed, as well as the books that are being read in the WTRE book clubs, with all staff.