by LA Spagnola
At the Board of Child Care, we have always been committed to equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI).
People with diverse lived experiences and backgrounds consistently come together with unique voices to help push our mission work forward and uphold the belief that we can and will enrich communities, one family at a time.
Still, we never had an established plan to ensure we grow in our EDI efforts.
So last year, our dedicated EDI Committee developed BCC’s “Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan 2022-2025” – a three-year plan that includes multiple approaches to elevate the overall culture of BCC. We have identified the following goals:
- Enhance engagement and intercultural development
- Sustain assessment, accountability and commitments
- Expand pathways for access and employee success
Over the next few months, we will dig into these goals on The BCC Compass, sharing our objectives for each and steps we are taking to achieve success.
We will also continue to offer the open forums we launched last year. These forums help BCC leaders understand barriers and identify strategies to increase the overall sense of belonging.
Each of us has a role to play in this important effort. My hope is that in three years, the benefits of diversity and inclusion will become undeniable and will be embedded in the way we create policy, interact with our community and maintain professional environments.
Together, our team can magnify our impact, foster a healthy culture where we engage in joy and purpose and remove barriers while building momentum.
Thank you for joining me on the journey!
Laurie Anne “LA” Spagnola
President & CEORead more from The BCC Compass – January 2022