In 2016, Bellwether Housing started an internal Equity Committee to help inform the organization’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion work.
Over the past few years, the committee has advocated for internal policy changes, hosted trainings, and shared monthly newsletters with staff. Each newsletter is written by a different member of the committee.
Moving forward, we will share these monthly newsletters on our public blog and with our email subscribers. The authors' identity will be publicly credited based on their comfort level - some may choose to stay anonymous.
Members of the Equity Committee expressed the following goals and intentions for amplifying their newsletter by sharing it publicly:
"This will expand the number of people exposed to additional voices, additional resources and hopefully inspire more action. I also feel the more places we share information this will continue to build momentum to promote increasing levels of accountability."
"This move will help to expose others to different voices and hopefully inspire some to action or to at least begin having real conversations while keeping the focus where it needs to be."
"I think when we put something to public, it pushes us to be accountable in taking real steps of changing the structural racism in our organization with targets and transparency. It’s a good motivation to stay on track in making long-term change, build momentum, and keep focus in place."
"Having content like this more publicly posted seems like a great idea."
We hope this series will be impactful and engaging to our wider community.