June - DEI Pledge
June 26, 2020
To Our Camp Family,
The events of the past few weeks have been heartbreaking. We grieve for our Black campers, families, and community who deserve to live in this world without fear. You matter. Your voice matters, your joy matters, and your pain matters. We love you, we see you, and we hear you.
We’ve been listening, watching, learning, and reflecting.
- Camp Ma-He-Tu’s mission is to empower young women to become the best that they can be. We provide them freedom from the daily pressures of life so they may grow together in a supportive and fun camping community to develop and embrace their spirituality, appreciation of others, and their value as individuals.
It is our goal to move toward eliminating injustice and inequality, including dismantling invisible culture, and implicit bias. We assembled a task force to take action as an organization. Here are some of the items the Board of Directors, in consultation with the task force, has committed to:
- Establish a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee on the Camp Ma-He-Tu Board of Directors to guide the organization.
- Perform DEI organizational analysis through professional guidance for the Camp Ma-He-Tu Board of Directors.
- Provide additional training to summer staff on DEI curriculum.
- Build a more diverse Board of Directors by actively recruiting additional Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) individuals to join the board.
- Prioritize diversity in our staffing and campers. That includes increased staff and camper recruitment efforts in diverse communities and seeking out partnerships that support diversifying the camping experience.
- Engage campers and staff in meaningful dialogues that aim to have a positive impact on their experience and promote lasting learning and empathy within our communities.
We are sharing the above commitments to hold ourselves accountable and to continue the important conversation with our extended community. Every one of us must play a part in helping build a better world. A critical step in creating change is raising our family’s and our own awareness.
As the country slowly begins to open again, let us set aside time this summer to educate ourselves about racial and social justice.
Here are some resources to get us started:
We want to hear from you! Please share your ideas for ways in which you would like to join the conversation or with your suggestions and experiences. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or anonymously via this form. Let’s stay connected, practice empathy, and actively support each other, now more than ever.
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