Second Chance SPCA recognizes that racism is the root of many problems across the country.
Communities are different in relation to well-being and opportunity. Black, Native American,
Latin, and Asian communities each have their own experiences of racism. We must address
and acknowledge the unique expertise, assets and needs of each community.
Intersectionality is crucial to equity work. The different identities we hold overlap and affect
how we experience discrimination. Examples are race, ethnicity, class, gender identity, and
sexual orientation. We must take into account their cumulative effect to understand the
complexity of prejudices people face. Otherwise, efforts to remedy inequities in one group
could perpetuate injustice toward another. This work requires a commitment to anti-racist
policies, practices, and behaviors.
Second Chance SPCA strives to create a healthy environment for all people across race, class,
gender, geography, and other differences. To do this we seek to:
* Attract and retain job candidates, board members, volunteers , and business partners
from diverse backgrounds and life experiences;
* Ensure that every policy enacted reflects principles of equity and justice;
* Ensure that our frameworks and approaches are guided by our understanding of
* Ensure that Black, Native American, Latin, Asian, and other people of color views are
heard and valued.
Second Chance SPCA acknowledges that incorporating diversity, equity, and inclusion
into our practices is an ongoing learning process and that this is to be a living document.