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 6/14/22 / Scheduled review by end of 2022 for updates as needed