Systemic barriers based on race have long compromised the life outcomes of generations of Bay Area residents, ultimately undermining our efforts to break the cycle of poverty in our region. In order to achieve our mission we must confront the role that racism and power play in reinforcing disproportionate outcomes associated with poverty.
We strive to identify and address areas in which we are complicit in perpetuating inequity. To that end, we will advance diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout all facets of our work, including our organizational culture and the impact we seek.
By Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, we mean:
Diversity is the wide range of backgrounds and identities that include but are not limited to race, ethnicity, nationality, immigration status, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, ability, and religious and political beliefs. These dimensions are dynamic and not mutually exclusive. Tipping Point will prioritize diversity by intentionally including the presence, engagement and knowledge of individuals representing a wide range of backgrounds and identities in all aspects of our work.
Equity is when all community members have what they need to participate and prosper, and where one’s background and identities do not pre-determine success or failure. Achieving equity requires examining bias, re-allocating resources, and reforming current power structures. Equity is our ultimate goal.
Inclusion is an active and deliberate process that honors the authentic contributions of our diverse community. It incorporates and values multiple needs, assets, and perspectives into the design and implementation of processes, policies, activities, and decision-making.