Testimonials

"Inclusiveness work has brought our staff closer together. We understand where we are coming from and we now have a more efficient process. Our benchmarks (in our inclusiveness blueprint) help us to be intentional and hold us accountable for our values." -Chris Armijo, The Partnership for Families & Children

"We have found that the single most important thing to do is to do something. If you feel that your organization doesn't have the time and resources to do a large inclusiveness plan, then start with something smaller. Once you have that first step and you see the results from it, you will be encouraged to move on and do more." -Bonnie McCune, Colorado State Library, Special Populations and Issues Committee

"To be inclusive in the community, we had to start by being inclusive with ourselves. All board meetings are now open, and since that decision was made, there hasn't been a meeting without volunteers and interns present. They're taking more ownership of the organization, thereby helping us expand our capacity."  - A.J. Clemmens, Colorado Women's Agenda

"Our (inclusiveness) committee is a vehicle for implementing change, which sometimes can be lacking in businesses and organizations. It's a mechanism that helps us adapt to all kinds of change." -Bonnie McCune, Colorado State Library, Special Populations and Issues Committee

"The more inclusive we are, the more doors will be open to us in the community, in terms of support. I want us to be in front of as many communities as possible, to be able to tap into financial resources and human resources." -Terrell Curtis, The Delores Project

"The relationships here are so much more authentic (as a result of engaging in inclusiveness work). The inclusiveness work has created space where vulnerability is okay. I have felt myself redefining relationships, and unexpected people are coming out to support me in unexpected times."  -Jamie Morgan, Community Resource Center

"It is important to go the distance, and you need to spread inclusiveness work out over time, take it in reasonable doses. It is not a quick fix. You don't want to rush and risk being too intense." -Marcia Fulton, The Odyssey School

"I see how much of inclusiveness work is a learning process--even for the experts who are guiding us." -Scott Shields, Family Tree

"Inclusiveness now filters into discussions at every level of the organization." -Mare Trevathan, Curious Theatre

"Inclusiveness work is a natural part of organizational development. It will not be an add-on; it will be ingrained in all that we are doing." -Terrell Curtis, The Delores Project

"We as an agency are better than we were before we started the process. However, we have a long way to go. While I think we have all reached a certain level of awareness and understanding, we have the day-to-day challenges of having that awareness make a difference in how we operate as an agency, both internally and with the communities we serve. This awareness must translate into internal and external policies and practices that promote the value of Inclusiveness. This is our ongoing challenge."  - Maureen Farrell-Stevenson, Colorado Center on Law and Policy

"There's a pride we all feel here, that we are doign a good job of figuring this out. And we know that we will need to continue to keep figuring it out." -Jennifer Walker, The Women's Crisis and Family Outreach Center

"We are dedicating staff and meeting time (to do inclusiveness work); we are not making this a side-line project." -Scott Shields, Family Tree

 "I like to use an analogy to convince people to think long-term about the benefits of doing inclusiveness work: you weren't the same person five years ago and you won't be the same person in another five years, You will change, just like your community is changing and will continue to change. You need to plan for change." -Jennifer Walker, The Women's Crisis and Family Outreach Center

 

Do one thing everyday that scares you. Those small things that make us uncomfortable help us build courage to do the work we do.
     Eleanor Roosevelt

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