The Laurel Foundation is firmly committed to prioritizing the core values of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) within its programs. Here’s how the organization ensures that these values are central to its mission:

  1. Inclusive Participation:
  • Diverse Attendees: The Laurel Foundation actively welcomes and encourages participation of all races, religions, skin colors, genders, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical abilities, age, parental statuses, and the perspectives of individuals shaped by their nation and experiences.  We ensure that everyone feels valued and respected.
  1. Culturally Competent Programming:
  • Tailored Education: The Laurel Foundation designs its educational sessions and workshops to be culturally sensitive and relevant to the unique experiences of all individuals. This approach acknowledges and respects the diversity within all communities.
  1. Representation and Visibility:
  • Diverse Counselors and Staff:  The Laurel Foundation recruits a diverse team of counselors and staff. This not only provides role models for the youth but also fosters an environment where everyone can see themselves reflected in the program.
  1. Inclusive Language and Policies:
  • Respectful Communication: The Laurel Foundation ensures that all communication, policies, and guidelines are inclusive and respectful of various gender identities and expressions. This includes using preferred pronouns, addressing privacy concerns, and respecting individuals’ chosen names.
  1. Safe and Affirming Environment:
  • Anti-Discrimination Policies: The Laurel Foundation enforces strict anti-discrimination policies to ensure that all participants are treated with respect and dignity, free from prejudice or bias.
  1. Empowerment and Advocacy:
  • Equity-Centered Empowerment: The Laurel Foundation empowers transgender/gender-diverse youth. and youth affected by HIV/AIDS and their families to become advocates for themselves and their communities. It equips them with the tools and knowledge to navigate a world that may not always be inclusive.
  1. Ongoing Evaluation and Improvement:
  • Continuous Feedback: The Laurel Foundation regularly seeks feedback from its stakeholders to identify areas where DEI initiatives can be strengthened. This ensures that the program continually evolves to better meet the needs of all participants.
  1. Community Outreach:
  • Extended Impact: The camp recognizes the importance of extending the values of DEI beyond its immediate community. It actively engages in outreach efforts to raise awareness, educate others, and promote inclusion in society at large.

In summary, The Laurel Foundation is not only committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion within its program but actively integrates these values into its structure, policies, and practices. By fostering a welcoming, respectful, and affirming environment, The Laurel Foundation empowers its participants to thrive and, in turn, contribute to a more inclusive society.

Margot AndersonDiversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement