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DEIB Resources for Staff

Find external resources from city organizations and other external sources to aid your work. 

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Toolkit

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 Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging 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 recognizing that it is critical to our success and integrity as an organization. We want to give you the tools to better incorporate these practices into your work with clients and your own life. 

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Compass Family Services believes that 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.

Language can be used deliberately to engage and support community anti-racism coalitions and initiatives, or to inflame and divide them. Discussing definitions can engage and support coalitions. However, it is important for groups to decide the extent to which they must have consensus and where it is okay for people to disagree. It is also helpful to keep in mind that the words people use to discuss power, privilege, racism, and oppression hold different meanings for different people. Furthermore, when people are talking about privilege or racism, the words they use often come with emotions and assumptions that are not spoken.


Many of the terms in this glossary have evolved over time. For example, given the changing demographic trends in the United States, the word “minority” no longer accurately reflects the four primary racial/ethnic groups. The terms “emerging majority” and “people of color” have become popular substitutes. Also, the terms used to refer to members of each community of color have changed over time. Whether to use the terms African American or Black, Hispanic American, Latinx or Latino, Native American or American Indian, and Pacific Islander or Asian American depends on a variety of conditions, including your intended audiences’ geographic location, age, generation, and, sometimes, political orientation


List of terms

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