Established in 2015, CHP’s Equity and Inclusion Team provides leadership and advocacy for organizational improvements to create a more inclusive environment for diverse cultures, backgrounds, and ideas at CHP.
The 15-member team focuses on creating an environment with a shared language and understanding of systemic injustices, awareness of implicit and explicit bias, and a recognition of the vital role that affordable housing plays in advancing equity. It also guides CHP’s advancement of equity through continued learning and sharing and through the promotion of equitable polices, practices, and procedures that address disparities.
- In December 2019, five Equity and Inclusion Team members began an 18-month NeighborWorks training focused on Race, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (REDI). Facilitated by the Portland-based Center for Equity and Inclusion, the first convening sparked a deeper awareness of the severity of racial inequities and disparities within the United States and led to the whole team prioritizing equity.
- In February 2020, the team organized CHP’s Leaders of Choice Meeting in Charlottesville, where CHP supervisors participated in training and workshops focused on employee retention and inclusion practices.
- In March 2020, the team began using the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI), an internationally recognized model to measure cultural competence and inclusion. Thirty-five organizational leaders initially took an assessment survey in anticipation of next steps for advancing inclusivity at CHP.
- In June 2020, the team hosted an organization-wide discussion forum on race following a national response to the tragic killing of George Floyd and countless similar events. CHP also released a statement condemning acts of racist violence and standing in solidarity of those who speak out against racism and injustice.
- Under the team’s leadership, CHP has begun providing staff members with resources, guest speakers, and educational opportunities focused on systemic racism, implicit bias, and the history of redlining and housing discrimination. This summer, the Equity and Inclusion Team will partner with Resident Services on CHP Votes, a cross-departmental initiative encouraging CHP residents and employees to vote and let their voices be heard.