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Equity Policy

The purpose of Morrison’s Equity Policy is to provide a course or method to guide and determine how Morrison will best show its commitment to equity initiatives. Its objective 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 or family receives.
  • Demonstrate leadership in race equity by ensuring that Morrison’s strategic goals, outcomes, programs, and initiatives are implemented with an equity lens.

Review the entire Equity Policy here.

Equity, Inclusion & Sanctuary Department

The Equity, Inclusion and Sanctuary Department (EI&S) is the equity, inclusion, antiracism and Sanctuary resource for all staff. It provides learning experiences and trainings, guidance, expertise and technical assistance to the Equity Advisory Council (EAC) and Morrison department/program directors, vice-presidents and executive leadership.

We use the tools, commitments and pillars of the Sanctuary Model to help support our antiracist work.

Equity & Inclusion Trainings

Staff are asked to demonstrate the initiative to learn and practice skills that promote anti-oppressive, anti-racist and culturally responsive practices, and participate in trainings, events, consultations, and other experiential learnings related to understanding and supporting equity, inclusion, and dismantling systemic institutional racism.

These trainings are supplemented by requested E&I consultations as well as ‘Reflective Consultation and Race Equity’ sessions which explore in depth a topic or circumstances.

Equity Advisory Council

Morrison’s Equity Policy authorizes the Equity Advisory Council (EAC) to hold the organization accountable for achieving its objectives. The EAC consists of approximately 15-20 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 and career opportunities.
  • Make recommendations to dismantle systemic institutional racism and to improve diversity and cultural responsiveness.
  • Initiate and champion courageous conversations that increase employee awareness and sensitivity to issues of race, privilege, and inequity.
Strategic Direction I

Create an Antiracist Culture Through Coaching and Training at Morrison Child & Family Services

All Morrison staff are expected to ‘unlearn biases’ and expand their skills in cultural responsiveness. This strategic direction provides content and consultation for the curricula and learning sessions offered by the E&I department. SDI is collaborating with the Human Resources Department to support the development and implementation of a training and coaching program which reinforces the importance of critical self-learning for supervisors and managers. In 2022, Reflective Consultation and Race Equity for Supervisors and Managers was launched as a pilot program to provide structured time, space and support for supervisors and managers to integrate antiracist practices into their work at Morrison.

Strategic Direction II

Telling Our Story: Communications, Branding and Outreach

We identified the main languages spoken in areas we are currently serving and translated our website into the most commonly spoken languages identified. We hope this provides a more equitable experience for our clients whose native language is not English. We also launched our Racial History series, a learning platform that we create and share with our agency. This helps us unlearn whitewashed history and learn about historical events and individuals from communities of color to truly understand how our country was shaped. This learning felt important to us to prioritize as we work towards our race-first equity initiative.

Strategic Direction III

Institutionalizing Antiracist Staff Development

Institutionalizing antiracist staff development in several ways. These include coordinating with the agency’s human resources department to support hiring practices that align with community priorities and ensure that there are internal agency policies that address issues of discrimination, micro-aggressions, and patterns of exclusion/inclusion. Strategic Direction III also works with organizational leadership to establish and appropriately fund membership in the agency’s Community Advisory Board, and to include work being done to support antiracist efforts in annual reports.

Strategic Direction IV

Implementing & Measures

The Equity Advisory Council’s Strategic Directions IV and V collaborate around the exciting work of measuring the concrete characteristics of our agency that bring us closer to our whole community (IV), as well as creating the infrastructure for ongoing feedback, dialogue, and meaningful connection between clients, partners, and staff (V). SDIV is also responsible for implementation of the Protocol for Culturally Responsive Organizations at Morrison.

Strategic Direction V

Ensuring Service-Based Equity for Clients and Community

Responsible for creating an infrastructure for ongoing feedback, dialogue and meaningful connection between clients, partners and staff in the form of a Community Advisory Group (CAG). This group will help guide the work of the EAC. We have facilitated six large dialogues for all of Morrison staff to explore and identify what we want this CAG to look like and feel like and share considerations, experiences, challenges and successes with similar Community Advisory Groups.

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Morrison Child & Family Services provides culturally responsive, anti-oppressive mental health and substance use disorder treatment, support, and prevention services to children, youth, and families who are working through the effects of systemic racism, trauma, poverty, abuse, neglect, or other mental health needs. Tax ID: 93-0354176

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