THE DEPARTMENT OF EQUITY, INCLUSION & SANCTUARY

The Equity, Inclusion & Sanctuary Department shall be the equity and inclusion all-staff training resource, and provide advice, expertise and assistance to the Equity Advisory Council or “EAC”, and Morrison department/program directors, vice-presidents and executive leadership.

The Sanctuary Model – What is it and how does it work?

At Morrison, we are committed to implementing the Sanctuary Model, a method for cultural change and providing trauma-informed care to those we serve. The Sanctuary Model is based on the belief that trauma, chronic stress, and adversity are universal human experiences. The model replaces burnout, compassion fatigue, and toxic stress with a renewed culture of self-care, heightened creativity, and overall resilience. It maintains that healing from trauma requires creating an organizational environment that promotes healing in all directions — staff, clients, and community.

The Sanctuary Model was created by Philadelphia therapist, Dr. Sandra Bloom, and her colleagues in the early 1980s. Over time, the model has been adapted for use in a wide range of human service programs across the U.S. and abroad. The Sanctuary Model has the following four pillars:

  1. TRAUMA THEORY
    Trauma Theory suggests that many of the behavioral symptoms that we see in individuals are a direct result of coping with adverse experiences.
  2. THE SEVEN COMMITMENTS
    The Seven Commitments are individual and organizational commitments to nonviolence, emotional intelligence, social learning, democracy, open communication, social responsibility, growth, and change.
  3. S.E.L.F.
    S.E.L.F. stands for Safety, Emotion, Loss, and Future. This provides a common language for processing events in our personal and organizational communities.
  4. THE TOOL KIT
    The Tool Kit is comprised of community meetings, use of the S.E.L.F. concept, safety plans, self-care plans, and red flag meetings.

For more information about the Sanctuary Model, please visit thesanctuaryinstitute.org.

Equity and Inclusion

As part of our commitment to equity and inclusion, we support our communities to move beyond disparity and oppression and work with compassion, integrity, and dedication to social justice through the implementation of goals and policies. To sustain our commitment to equity and inclusion, all employees are asked to:

  • demonstrate the initiative to learn knowledge and practice skills that promote anti-oppressive and culturally responsive practices.
  • participate in trainings, events, consultations, and other presentations related to understanding and supporting equity and inclusion. 

Equity Policy

The objective of the Morrison Child and Family Services Equity Policy:
• is to create an inclusive and anti-racist organization by ensuring that racial identity will not determine or predict the quality of trauma-informed     care a child receives, and;
• demonstrate Morrison’s commitment to leadership in social equity by ensuring that Morrison’s strategic goals, outcomes, programs, and       initiatives advance social equity.

Equity & Inclusion Training

Equity 101 (Sessions I & II) is Morrison’s current training model. The training is required for all employees. Each session is six hours in length and the content offers a progressive overview with definitions, racial history, cultural differences and complexities, coded communication (i.e. micro-aggressions, implicit bias, etc.) and liberation strategies. This training occurs as soon as feasible after the employee’s 90-day anniversary date. These trainings are supplemented by:
• ongoing quarterly two-hour “Impact” learning experiences which explore in depth a topic or circumstance introduced during the Equity 101 training;
• ongoing equity training for supervisors and managers.

The Equity Advisory Council

Morrison’s leadership charters the Equity Advisory Council (EAC) to hold the organization accountable for achieving the objectives of Morrison’s policy on equity. The EAC consists of approximately 15 Morrison employees. The EAC strives to have members who represent a wide range of organizational roles and skills. The EAC works to:

  • Identify systemic, institutional racism and cultural barriers that impact equitable access to Morrison services;
  • Make recommendations to dismantle systemic institutional racism and to improve diversity and cultural humility;
  • Support and assist training, as necessary, to promote progress toward achieving Equity Policy objectives;
  • Initiate and champion courageous conversations that increase employee awareness and sensitivity to issues of race, privilege, and inequity.

Resource Groups

Our culturally specific resource groups provide a space where our employees from diverse groups and allies can gather to strengthen each other’s work. Groups meet once a month to help us apply our knowledge of cultural dynamics and deepen our understanding of how current issues impact our organization and the community we serve. Our resource groups include:

AFRICAN AMERICAN RESOURCE GROUP (AARG)
The AARG resource group is open to all Morrison employees who identify as African American or those who are identified as allies. It promotes a positive work environment that supports employees and clients who identify as African American and plays a critical role in building an inclusive and culturally responsive organization.

FAITH/SPIRITUAL-BASED RESOURCE GROUP (FBRG)
The FBRG is a space for dialogue for Morrison staff regarding faith and spiritual practices/resources to assist staff working with clients where faith/spirituality are of prime importance.

LATINO SERVICE PROVIDERS (LSP) CONSULTATION GROUP
The LSP group is for Spanish bilingual-bicultural service providers and service providers with Spanish bilingual-bicultural clients on their caseloads. Service providers who have Spanish bilingual-bicultural clients are required to attend one of the two LSP consultation groups held each month.

LSP ACTION COMMITTEE
The LSP Action Committee is open to all Morrison employees who identify as Latino-a, Spanish bilingual and/or Spanish bicultural; those who are identified as allies; and wish to address employee and agency issues.

QUEER SERVICE PROVIDERS (QSP) CONSULTATION/SOLIDARITY GROUP
The QSP group is open to all Morrison employees to gather input, build awareness of LGBTQ-specific issues, and provide a forum for training opportunities for staff. It also develops collaborations with community partners.