Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Belonging

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Compass Family Services boasts a strong passion for social justice. We embrace the idea that Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging contribute to our success and strive to look at everything we do through this lens. 
 

We are committed to the pursuit of DEIB in all aspects and areas of our work, in both internal and external relationships- as they impact our clients, our staff, our stakeholders, and our place in the community. We believe that we can empower families to achieve housing stability, self-sufficiency, and well-being by creating an equitable system and a culture of inclusion that leverages diversity.  

We understand that this work is a continuous process while at the same time recognize that it is critical to our success and integrity as an organization.

We aim to create and foster a culturally diverse environment that strives to be free of discrimination, bigotry, and hate speech. We will also ensure that racial justice is addressed in all that we do and who we serve. 

At Compass, we strive to help everyone understand how actions, assumptions, and implicit biases impact the whole of our workplace, industry, and society. We are devoted to having candid, experimental, and substantive discussions on systemic and structural racism to evolve our thinking and develop strategies for community empowerment, collective support, and social change. 

Always, but particularly at this moment, we want all members of our community to know that we are committed to supporting families to achieve housing stability and to our mission of eradicating homelessness. 

Land Acknowledgement

Compass Family Services acknowledges that we are in the unceded ancestral homeland of the Ramaytush Ohlone and Coastal Miwok peoples, who are the original inhabitants of the San Francisco Peninsula. 

As the indigenous stewards of this land and by their traditions, the Ramaytush Ohlone and Coastal Miwok peoples have never ceded, lost, nor forgotten their responsibilities as the caretakers of this place, as well as for all peoples who reside in their traditional territory. 

We affirm the sovereign rights of their community as First Peoples and are committed to supporting the traditional and contemporary evolution of the Native American communities and uplifting contemporary indigenous voices and culture. 
 

What do Diversity, Equity, Inclusivity, Belonging, and Accessibility mean?

  • Diversity: is about welcoming all the ways we are different (both visible and invisible) and promoting a wide range of varying people and perspectives.

  • Equity: is about recognizing that each person has different circumstances and may need additional resources and opportunities to reach an equal outcome.

  • Inclusion: is about valuing people’s unique ideas and lived experiences and ensuring they feel involved, respected, connected, and have their voice heard.

  • Belonging: is about creating a culture where people can be themselves, have psychological safety, appreciate each other, and feel part of something bigger.

  • Accessibility: is about the quality of being suitable or adaptive for use by people with disabilities.

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Our Commitment to Anti-Racism

 

Compass Family Services affirms its commitment to recognizing, addressing, and eradicating all forms of racism and ethnic oppression. We seek to eradicate homelessness and empower our community toward the goal of ending racial and ethnic discrimination with focused attention on confronting anti-Black racism. Racism is the combination of both social and systemic forces that converge and yield disparate outcomes for several communities. As a community-based organization, we purposefully strive to identify, discuss, and challenge issues that disproportionately effect BIPOC community members.

 

We recognize that statements can be meaningful but committed, consistent, and ongoing activities are the only tools that lead to positive change.

WE STAND COMMITTED TO:

  • Acknowledging that racism is a societal and global problem that requires continuous education.

  • Acknowledging that racism is embedded into our organizational structures, policies, and systems and we must audit these structures utilizing an anti-racist lens.

  • Seek out and listen to our Black, Brown, and POC community members to understand their experiences using our services.

  • Invest resources to develop, organize, and support initiatives that foster anti-racism.

 

We pledge to measure our progress as we fight racism, discrimination, and other forms of prejudice and injustice to make our community more inclusive, welcome, safer, and an environment where every member of our community, regardless of race, religion, gender, or socioeconomic status, can thrive.

 

Our Commitment to Stopping Asian Hate

Compass Family Services stands united against hate and racism towards the Asian American & Pacific Islander community. We will continue our efforts to uplift shared histories and struggles of the AAPI community while deepening our understanding of the different ways in which systemic racism shows up in our communities.
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Our Commitment to Combating Antisemitism and Islamophobia 

At Compass Family Services, we denounce Antisemitism and Islamophobia, and we stand on the principles that value “our differences and our common ground.” 

 

Our value as a community-based organization reminds us to “confront and reject all manifestations of discrimination, including those based on race, ethnicity, gender, and gender expression, age, visible and nonvisible disability, nationality, sexual orientation, citizenship status, veteran status, religious/non-religious, spiritual or political beliefs, socioeconomic class, status, or any of the other differences among people which have been excused for misunderstanding, dissension or hatred.”

 

This commitment to community and diversity includes standing against Islamophobia and Antisemitism.

 

Our ideals guide us as we strive to foster a vibrant and inclusive community. Working toward that goal includes understanding, recognition of differences, and overall respect for one another. We are all responsible for this mission.

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The Compass Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Belonging Taskforce has been established to develop resources and action steps for our agency, clients, and network to put into action. This committee provides culturally rich programmatic opportunities for our organization and our clients. 
The Compass DEIB Taskforce is proud to put on events such as the Inclusion Talk Series, where Compass staff and community members come together to address issues important to our lives, provide education, and answer questions we may have together. 
DEIB is a lifelong learning process. We believe in education and learning resources as an essential part of this journey. We have compiled a list of resources to help facilitate this and begin discussions surrounding DEIB in our lives. 
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Words and their multiple uses reflect the tremendous diversity that characterizes our society. We understand that even the most frequently used words in any discussion on race can easily cause confusion, which leads to controversy and hostility. It is essential to achieve some degree of shared understanding, particularly when using the most common terms. In this way, the quality of dialogue and discourse on race can be enhanced.

Many of the terms in this glossary have evolved over time. We provide this resources as a tool to help facilitate discussion and reflection on the use of language in our daily lives and as we go about our commitment to DEIB.