PCAF EQUITY STATEMENT
Individuals living with, and at risk of acquiring HIV belong to multiple communities. Many of these communities are often subjected to violence, bias, and marginalization. Stigma and discrimination towards these communities directly impacts people living with HIV and increases the likelihood of HIV transmission. Ending the HIV epidemic requires disruption of the inequity these individuals and communities face.
We recognize that intention alone will not progress equity and justice. As an agency, it is our responsibility to uncover and disrupt systems that perpetuate injustice and inequality alongside the individuals and communities we serve. This includes within our own organization.
We recognize our own organizational barriers to attaining true equity and acknowledge that there are ways we have contributed to the perpetuation of systemic racism. We are obligated to confront our own implicit and explicit biases and operationalize our values. We must dismantle any inequities within our policies, systems, programs, and services to best fulfill our mission. By doing this we can create a new narrative of accountability and transparency, and truly commit to creating equity within our organization, for the clients we serve, and within our community.
Our organization is ready for and fully committed to the challenging and ongoing work to bring about meaningful and lasting change.
Approved by the Board of Directors on June 14, 2022
Scheduled review by end of 2022 for updates as needed
WE ARE COMMITTED
Accountability, Decision Making, Power
We are reshaping ourselves and our organization in order to build a lasting culture of acknowledgment, accountability, and collaborative decision-making.
Recruitment, Hiring, and Pay
We are removing barriers that prevent recruiting, hiring, and retaining personnel who are representative of the communities we serve in order to increase representation among staff at all levels of the organization, and with compensation that reflects our values.
We are creating a culture of transparency and repairing relationships while also improving communication both internally and externally.
Supporting BIPOC Staff
We are identifying tangible ways to build trust with BIPOC staff with transparency, communication, and acknowledging past harm caused.
Equitable Services, Programming, and Client Care
We are ensuring that we provide services equitably by monitoring and evaluating service delivery data each month.