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Anti-Racism Work

Starting in 2016, members of (fka) Agassiz Baldwin Community recommitted to the organization’s long and winding journey of addressing institutional and structural racism through reflection on the programs we offer to our community and the manner in which they are delivered; our own policies and practices as an organization and their impact on our staff and program participants; and the ways we partner with institutions and participate in our wider local community.  

Where we’ve been…

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  • 2017 
    • grant received from Community Health Network Area 17 (CHNA 17) to attend learning community workshops
    • Anti-Racism Stewards set initial goals, establish communication agreements, begin to collect resources and create a tool of key terms to then facilitate discussions with ABC staff
  • 2018
    • Anti-Racism Stewards begin holding spaces for all staff, program leaders, and administrators to discuss personal reactions to key terms related to race, racism, equity
  • 2019
    • Executive Director, Children’s Programs director and hr coordinator attend trainings and workshops centered on racial equity, begin to adjust elements of hiring process
    • members of children’s programs teaching team lead an effort to update library
    • board of directors invited to join in antiracism work
    • staff begin conversations around sustainability and self- and community-care, share resources for further learning
    • children’s programs site directors lead conversations around race and equity in youth work
  • 2020
    • community member introduces proposal to change neighborhood name due to Agassiz’s theories on polygenism and their roots in white supremacy
    • COVID-19 pandemic forces agency to go into emergency operations, operating food pantry delivery service and taking on case work to support hardest hit community members and address issues of access to essential services and resources
    • board of directors vote to begin efforts to change the agency name 
  • 2021
    • agency staff hold space for neighborhood council, local residents and local government to address neighborhood name change (learn more here and here)
    • Children’s Programs and Maud Morgan Arts Center begin new framework to deliver essential childcare programming 

Where we are going…

  • Rebuilding our programs “post-COVID19” and increasing program leadership capacity
  • Anti-racism stewards have reconvened regular meetings
  • Maud Morgan Arts Afterschool curriculum elevates youth voices on social justice matters
  • Identifying a need to incorporate antiracism trainings and ongoing learning opportunities for our staff
  • Continuing to manage food pantry delivery service and support organizational capacity to sustain this effort
  • Continuing to offer Equity and Access Scholarships to program participants
  • Seeking additional funding to allow us to partner with professional consultants to ensure we are taking our next steps in ways that are intentional and sustainable

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Who we are…

Anti-Racism Stewards
Kelsey Chaplain
Maria LaPage
Phoebe Sinclair
Ashley Yee

Past members
Eric Delisle, Read “Remembering Eric Delisle” on p. 11 of the February 2019 Whistler 
Micah Eglinton-Woods

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