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Diversity is the beauty of life, experienced in the broadest spectrum of the many different identity(ies) we hold. Inclusion is acknowledging, creating space, and appreciating the value of our diversity, intentionally enlisting and engaging the different identities and experiences, and respecting and holding what each person brings to the organization.
We acknowledge that societal power structures, tensions, and complexities related to diversity contribute to disparities in power, control, influence, status, privilege, and opportunities among individuals and groups. Therefore, our commitment to inclusion involves the continuous identification and effective elimination of barriers to access to association roles, resources, and relationships, and to the creation of systems that are accessible and promote equity for all.
It is our core value in CAMFT to support, promote, and protect diversity, to value all individuals and groups free from prejudice and oppression, and to foster a climate where equity and mutual respect are intrinsic. We will continuously and actively work to address barriers that our privilege prevents us from being aware of through a process of self-evaluation, holding feedback and making shifts that align with anti-oppressive engagement.
By appreciating the importance of inclusion, we embrace that the collective and individual talents, skills, and perspectives of members, constituent groups, and partners foster a culture of belonging, collaborative practice, innovation, and mutual respect & trust.
Diversity of thought and inclusion of new ideas and perspectives can help us increase creativity, generate new ideas, enhance problem solving, increase sustainability, productivity, and effectiveness.
- Adapted from AAMFT