05 Feb Centering Anti-Racism in our Strategic Plan
Dear families, friends, community and colleagues,
As Black History month begins, I wanted to share the new work that Tiny Trees has begun towards becoming an anti-racist, multicultural organization. We’ve stated equity as a core value since our start four years ago; it has become clear that while valuing equity and inclusion and using an anti-bias curriculum are necessary, they are not sufficient in reaching our goals. We know this because we operate classrooms in some of King County’s most diverse areas, and yet we don’t see the same diverse representation in our classrooms or in our staff.
We are committed to understanding and addressing this disconnect, and we are investing in organizational development that centers an anti-racism framework.
- Since September, all staff, and our board of directors have joined in full day anti-racism trainings on race, power and privilege. We have been exploring how systemic racism shows up at Tiny Trees, and what we can do about it.
- We recently asked our families, community partners, donors and other stakeholders to join us in this conversation to inform our anti-racism practices, and we will continue to engage and listen to our communities.
- In February we will continue to build our strategic work plan for the next five years, and look forward to sharing that plan, and further engaging with you in this work.
This is our commitment to undoing racism, and a first step in holding ourselves humbly accountable to our community as we strive to do better.
Executive Director, Tiny Trees