Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Statement of Purpose

Someone To Tell It To recognizes that people around the world have much more in common than we realize. Our commonalities far outdistance our differences. Human beings all experience many of the same emotions and feelings in our lives.

Someone To Tell It To hears the stories of these human experiences every day as we live out our mission no matter our age, race, creed, nationality, gender, sexual identity, political identity, social station, or educational status. We all feel so many of the same things. Someone To Tell It To’s core values compel us to recognize the intrinsic, inherent, sacred worth of all human beings.

Someone To Tell It To affirms that:

All people contribute to the meaning and understanding of our humanity and should be valued, validated, and celebrated.

Everyone’s story has importance and every story matters.

Sustained racialized public policies and institutional practices, both conscious and unconscious, have resulted in unequal access to care, validation, and resources for marginalized communities. This systemic unequal access to opportunity has resulted in generations of unjust and inequitable outcomes for those communities.

These social inequities continue to be reflected in the funding practices of private philanthropy and governmental funders for nonprofits. Therefore, to more equitably support these communities, funders need to take explicit actions to structurally change funding behaviors and norms.

Someone To Tell It To believes that:

Recommended solutions of the past, which have focused on only diversity rather than structural inequities, have not resulted in successful outcomes in equitable inclusion and/or care for those communities.

A historic societal and service-providing bias for European-heritage, Caucasian, and Christian people has undervalued the needs of all others, who have often been underserved and overlooked. Service providers, such as nonprofits, are encouraged to implement relevant programs and create new structures in which all people benefit as leaders, board members, staff members, service recipients, and collaborating partners.

Addressing historic injustices is a vital component of achieving equity for all communities.

Therefore, the Board of Directors of Someone To Tell It To has made racial and social equity within the organization and for those who receive services a priority. We have committed financial and human resources to listening to, training, and educating all people who desire our services. We are committed to addressing structural inequities and increasing collaboration and support through the following actions:

Maintain a DEIB committee to oversee and direct STTIT’s work in this area.

Conduct and annually revisit a racial equity audit of the internal policies and external communications of STTIT to provide internal guidance.

Assure that all STTIT programs and collaborations are developed using a DEIB lens.

Assure policies in governance and organizational administration are conducted using a DEIB lens.

Regularly promote DEIB throughout all STTIT’s communication platforms.

Advocate research and data collection that accurately represents the demographics served by STTIT.

Require all board and staff members, including volunteers to attend DEIB training.

Intentionally consider and select members from diverse and inclusive populations for the STTIT board of directors, staff, and volunteers.

Select staff and members for board service whose values include DEIB values.

Assure that racial equity conversations are integrated into compassionate listening training sessions and all STTIT advocacy and education materials, including books, blogs, and podcasts.

Assure representation by diverse people and communities, keynote speakers, and panelists at all STTIT events.

Maintain a topic area webpage on DEIB.

Provide support for individual members and collective groups who are seeking to achieve greater DEIB compliance in their own communities.

Collaborate with other national, regional, and local organizations who are also working toward greater DEIB compliance.

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