At Facing History we honor and value the uniqueness of each and every human being. Our strength as an organization that provides and distributes educational content and pedagogy to teachers across the globe is directly tied to our diversity of staff, leadership, educators, students, scholars, and volunteers. Our commitment is to treat individuals with dignity and to build and maintain a community of full participation, one that values and promotes diversity and inclusivity in their association with excellence. We invite to our community those who share our vision of a world marked by caring and knowledge, not prejudice and bigotry, and our belief that complex conversations—such as those about diversity—are at the heart of a thriving democracy.
DIVERSITY acknowledges the variety of characteristics and categories of identity that make people unique, including but not limited to physical, social, and other characteristics (such as race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, socioeconomic status, age, physical, mental and learning abilities, religious beliefs, and political beliefs).
INCLUSIVITY is the conscious decision to create a nurturing climate where similarities and differences are respected and supported by assuring the active, full participation of the entire community. Such inclusion increases our organizational capacity to create and deliver meaningful and relevant professional work.
COMMITMENT TO FULL PARTICIPATION
- Our commitment to full participation encourages each member of our community to be self-reflective about their attitudes toward others.
- Recognizing that people express their identity in multiple ways at any one time means that identity will be fluid and evolving as individuals learn and grow. Furthermore, discriminatory systems of power and policy result in structural inequalities experienced on a societal level.
- All human beings have been socialized to behave in certain ways, and each of us has at times acted with bias or experienced discrimination and stereotypes. Therefore we all have opportunities to practice empathy, even while we promote and encourage healthy dialogue about mistreatment stemming from power relationships in specific contexts.
- A commitment to inclusivity at all levels requires concrete and transparent action. Facing History will communicate regularly with our own staff and administration when setting policies and making decisions, so that the meaningful commitment to diversity will be readily apparent to all in the community.
- Facing History’s commitment to full participation will include the involvement of diverse scholars, vendors, and partners to ensure quality and serve our mission most effectively.
ACTIONS TOWARD FULL PARTICIPATION
- Seek nominations for its Board of Directors, Leadership Council, and Advisory Boards that help to diversify our leadership;
- Create and begin to implement practices aimed at building diverse pools of candidates in hiring, and that help assure success for all our colleagues once hired;
- Pilot and promote professional development about matters of diversity and inclusion across the community, including staff and volunteers;
The Diversity Committee will prepare and share an annual report on our progress.