Statement of Diversity and Inclusion

 

Read and Write Kalamazoo celebrates diversity and is an invested advocate of inclusion in our community. We are proud that the students we serve, our staff and volunteers, and our Board of Directors reflect the diverse community we are a part of here in Kalamazoo.

We define diversity, wholly beautiful and complex, as: “the quality of being different or unique at the individual or group level. This includes age; ethnicity; gender; gender identity; language differences; nationality; parental status; physical, mental and developmental abilities; race; religion; sexual orientation; skin color; socio-economic status; work and behavioral styles; the perspectives of each individual shaped by their nation, experiences and culture—and more.”

Words connect us — reading others’, writing our own, sharing words between each other. Using our words and making our voices heard are essential to build empathy, celebrate diversity, and foster an inclusive environment for all people. In our effort to affect student outcomes, we work to fully engage all youth and volunteers, providing opportunities for students to see themselves and their worlds in literature, as well as their own writing.

We demonstrate anti-racism and promote inclusion via: the programs RAWK develops and offers for the youth we serve that reflect these foundational beliefs; providing cultural awareness training, learning experiences and opportunities for our staff, board, and volunteers, and partnering with organizations and businesses that align with these foundational principles.

— Read and Write Kalamazoo

adopted by RAWK's Board of Directors September 25, 2017