Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Grounded in our mission of supporting social-emotional learning in youth through the art of social dance, strengthening our commitments to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) has been one of our top organizational priorities. The Dancing Classrooms Board of Trustees approved the following statement in February of 2020. Since that time, the world and our organization have changed. We have proudly taken many of the steps outlined below to build our collective capacity to address the racial injustice faced by communities of color and eliminate barriers to equity and inclusion within Dancing Classrooms. We look forward to updating you on our progress as we continue to learn and grow.

DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION (DEI) STATEMENT OF DANCING CLASSROOMS

Approved February 26, 2020

At Dancing Classrooms, Inc., diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are closely aligned with our Mission and with the Values embedded in our methodology (a respect for all children and a belief in all children’s ability to succeed) that daily guide how we deliver our services to our diverse students, schools, parents, and other community members.

Guided by our Mission and Values, we are committed to having a diverse group of employees, Board of Trustees, and other volunteers, and to ensuring that every team member feels valued and respected, without regard to gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation or identity, education or disability.

This includes practicing nondiscrimination and equal opportunity in hiring, managing, and advancing individuals in all of our departments, programs, and worksites. We respect and value diverse life experiences and heritages and ensure that all voices are valued and heard.

We are committed to delivering services to and attracting Board members from under-represented communities. As such, we will look to connect with, pool resources, and adopt practices of peer non-profit arts, youth/character and leadership development and educational organizations who are doing these things well.

To enhance our current practices, Dancing Classrooms will:

  • Lead with respect and empathy. We expect all employees and Trustees to embrace and exhibit these behaviors as they carry out their roles for Dancing Classrooms.
  • Further connect diversity, inclusion, and equity to our mission and our programs, as it is critical to delivering the greatest benefit to the students, schools, families, communities we serve, as well as to ensuring the well-being and effectiveness of our staff.
  • Commit time and resources to expand diversity within our Board, staff, committees, and advisory bodies.
  • As beneficial, further advance the integration of DEI principles in all of our existing and future programs.