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DIVERSITY, EQUITY, & INCLUSION

Gould Farm is committed to an inclusive environment that respects, values, and celebrates the unique attributes, characteristics, and perspectives of each person. We believe that bringing diverse individuals together enriches our therapeutic community and together we create a safe, trusting, and supportive environment. We recognize that we cannot fully deliver our mission of mental health treatment without committing to antiracism and the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).

In order to support people with mental health challenges and their families, we are building upon Gould Farm’s history and acknowledging the barriers to mental health treatment that many people face due to race, ability, and income. Black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) with mental health challenges and those at the intersection of multiple marginalized group identities, including LGBTQ+ and neurodivergent people, face structural barriers to appropriate and accessible mental health services.

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The importance of the work

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An inclusive community

Gould Farm has a responsibility to acknowledge these systemic barriers and to work proactively to create a community that is inclusive and equitable for every person. We are working to put this at the center of our work at all levels.

Our Commitments

We recognize that Gould Farm’s current staff, board, volunteers and program participants are predominantly white.

 

As a nonprofit mental health organization, we acknowledge that structures of racism have excluded people from accessing residential and other mental health services. We acknowledge that the behavioral health sector has been shaped by structural racism and systems of inequality.

 

As an organization within this sector, we are working to recognize how we reinforce structural inequities and historical racism and are committing to championing and implementing policies and practices that create a just, inclusive, and equitable society.

Gould Farm is committed to:

  • Placing antiracism work and the processes of dismantling white supremacy at the core of our organizational culture through substantive learning and formal, transparent policies. 

  • Engaging with and recruiting people from underrepresented groups as Gould Farm program participants and ensuring that opportunities are provided equitably to black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) and to people across the spectrum of wealth and income.

  • Building relationships with BIPOC leaders and organizations that center the voices of people of color.

  • Expanding our training in antiracism and cultural competency to include all staff, board members, and volunteers.

  • Expanding underrepresented voices and authority on the board and in senior leadership positions of the organization, as well as in staff and volunteers generally.

 
We recognize that this work will be ongoing and that the list above is just the beginning. We are committed to leading with our mission, and to making good on the promise of inclusion that is at the heart of all we do. 

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Steps we have taken

In November 2020, we formed a DEI committee comprised of staff members. This group has been working actively since to guide policy changes and organize trainings for staff. ​

 

Our vision and purpose statement

Gould Farm envisions a community that is dedicated to anti-racism, equity, and interconnection and is committed to dismantling white supremacy culture. The DEI committee drives this ongoing work through education, dialogue, relationship building, and policy change.

Since the formation of our DEI committee, we have launched racial affinity groups including a BIPOC group and a white antiracism group.

We have expanded our efforts to address community food security through food donations to local pantries and made connections with area farms and groups dedicated to antiracism work.

The vision of an inclusive, equitable, and just community drives us forward as we continue on this path. We will share our progress and we invite the community to hold Gould Farm accountable and to join us as partners in this vital work.

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