Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Statement

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NCAP values equity, diversity and inclusion within our organization and with our partners to further our mission. We seek to understand and address historical and current patterns of oppression and racism within our organization and in how we do our work. We continually strive to build NCAP as an equitable, antiracist and multicultural organization where differences are seen as assets.

NCAP’s Core Values: 

  • Reaching long-term ecological balance and harmony between people, planet and profit takes ingenuity and persistence. As sure as nature changes, so must our approach.
  • Lasting change is possible when those who are directly impacted speak their own truth and organize their power.
  • Government has a responsibility to develop and enforce policies that protect the health and safety of people and the environment. It is our responsibility to help hold government accountable.
  • Sensitive populations set the bar for pesticide regulation. Protect the most sensitive and we are all better protected.
  • Considering who stands to lose and who benefits in all environmental decisions and actions is crucial to achieving social justice and equity.
  • Effective pest management requires an ecological approach that looks at the whole system and root causes, not only the symptoms.
  • People deserve to be treated with respect and patience, especially when asked to change their views and behaviors.

We seek to be an organization where all staff and board take responsibility for creating an equitable, diverse and inclusive organization. This means that in our organization's decision-making processes, strategic planning, hiring, board recruitment, communications, and outreach programs we strive to understand and counter all kinds of oppression and racism that create barriers for people in institutions, society and in our own organization. We continue to explore ways that we can counter historical patterns of oppression, racism and exclusion so that we are better able to reach new and diverse audiences by changing our policies, the culture of our organization, how and where we work, and how we communicate.

NCAP is a strong leader in countering oppressive structures and empowering women and other minorities to take leadership positions within the organization. For nearly 40 years women executive directors have led NCAP. As part of our history we have empowered women and members of the LGBTQ community to be key leaders in our organization. We embrace the LGBTQ community and people of color in leadership of the organization and as members. We have members of the LGBTQ, Hispanic/Latino, and Native American communities on our board and advisory committee. In addition, we actively recruit youth and leaders of other underrepresented communities for our board and staff, as well as to help plan and participate in our programs.

Board members, staff and other stakeholders serve on our Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Team, instituted in 2015. The team seeks to deepen our commitment to counter historical and current oppressive and racist power structures and to help NCAP become a more equitable, diverse and inclusive organization. We are in a continuous mode of learning and openness so that we may grow as an organization and as individuals. Through that growth we can better learn how oppression and racism create barriers for people to benefit and take part in NCAP’s work. We can then take the necessary steps to make appropriate and relevant changes. We strive to create a culture in which a broad and diverse range of people can participate within an environmental movement that is informed by their cultural, ethnic and social identities.

Last updated: 9/28/2016

 

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