SFAI asks of our staff, residents, and fellows who identify as white, able-bodied, cisgendered, neurotypical, financially or otherwise privileged, to acknowledge our privilege and take responsibility in educating ourselves – not to rely on Indigenous, Black, people of color, LGBTQ+, disabled, or otherwise marginalized, underrepresented, or oppressed communities to do the work for us.
We have identified these 6 Ways to Foster Inclusivity:
Be An Ally: An ally is a member of a social group that enjoys some privilege that is working to understand their own privilege and end oppression for others.
Self-educate: When you don’t know something, research it. Take the initiative to learn on your own instead of relying on members of that identity group to do it for you.
Use Inclusive Language: Choose words that are gender neutral, don’t play into racial/ethnic stereotypes, and are consciously inoffensive. Seek uplifting alternatives to negative terms.
Be Transparent: Openly admit when you are wrong / don’t know something and apologize without shame if you unintentionally offended someone. Admit to your shortcomings and encourage others to do the same.
Lean into Discomfort: Challenge yourself to NOT tune out the realities and difficulties other people face in the world we ALL live in. Take time to have the hard conversations, and don’t allow fear or shame to keep you from showing up for others.
Accept Critical Feedback: We all make mistakes! When someone calls you out on a mistake, rather than get defensive: apologize, discuss what happened, try to understand the problem along with the impact, learn from it and move on gracefully.
We expect that everyone in our SFAI community, while at SFAI, or representing SFAI, strive to exemplify the behaviors associated with the above stated values – in your interactions with one another, with SFAI staff and board members, interns/volunteers, community partners, and the general public.