We stand for a world in which everyone is supported 100% and no one is left out: A world in which all life is thriving, and communities which foster the genius of every human being.
We are passionate about serving and growing a diverse community that represents the full tapestry of humanity, along lines of:
- Race and ethnicity
- Class and socioeconomic status
- Sexual orientation
Our commitment is to actively seek and nurture diversity at every level of our community, including our participants, coaches, course leaders, and staff.
Inclusive Sliding Scale
We offer suggested sliding scale pricing for nearly all of our programs, to support people who could not otherwise participate.
For our foundational 4-day intensive, Mastering Life’s Energies, we offer all paid participants the opportunity to bring a guest at no additional charge.
We offer a Fundraising Guide and individualized support to anyone willing to fundraise to attend our programs.
Part 1: Where We Are
Our 9-person staff team is currently 55% white and 45% people of color.
Our founding team includes:
- One white woman,
- One African-American woman,
- One Hispanic woman, and
- One white man.
As a whole, our staff team includes:
- Three white men,
- Two white women,
- One African-American woman,
- One Hispanic woman,
- One Asian-American woman, and
- One man of Middle Eastern descent.
Here is the bottomline: Up until 2016, we have served a community of predominantly white people.
We began gathering demographic data in 2017, although we estimate our alumni community prior to 2017 has been 90% white.
From 2017 onward, we have begun to attract and actively enroll a racially diverse population, and we are beginning to compile that data to present publicly.
Part 2: Our Plan of Action
We are actively pursuing the following objectives:
1) Set goals and measure progress.
- Setting measurable annual and per-program diversity goals, against which to measure success.
- Collecting voluntary demographic data for all in-person course participants, along lines of: Age, race/ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation — as well as open-ended responses on any other identities important to the person.
2) Explicitly welcome people of color.
We are updating our branding, website, marketing materials, and all other aspects of our participant experience, so that people of color — and people from all backgrounds — know they are welcomed, supported, and empowered.
3) Partner with communities of color.
Up until 2016, our enrollment followed a primarily word-of-mouth model, leading to a majority of referrals being generated in predominantly white communities. We are now building lasting relationships and supporting leadership among diverse communities, so that our demographics begin to reflect those communities.
4) Get support from our community and beyond.
We are actively seeking the support and partnership of our community, as well as skilled consultants beyond our community, to identify our internal “blind spots” and enact a more fully inclusive way of operating.
Part 3: How You Can Help
We are a “work in progress” and would love your partnership. Specific ways you can help include:
1) Invite and actively support people of color to participate.
Ultimately, our efforts to enroll a diverse community depend upon relationship. The single most powerful way you can support our success is by actively endorsing our work and inviting others to participate.
- If you have not yet attended our foundational 4-day training, please register and invite a person of color to attend with you as your guest, at no additional cost.
- If you are a graduate of our foundational 4-day training, please invite your community to attend as well.
2) Share your constructive feedback and ideas.
We would love to hear from you regarding any specific ways we can present ACE and our work in such a way that communities of color are 100% welcomed, supported, and empowered.
Zo Tobi, Director of Communications
Staff Point-person on Diversity, Empowerment, & Inclusion
firstname.lastname@example.org • (603) 435-3825