Kaleidoscope launched its staff DEI Committee in June of 2020, as the entire country felt the power, sorrow and anger of protests against racial injustice. The primary goal of Kaleidoscope’s DEI Committee is to support the children, youth and families we serve. But we cannot create equity for our families without ensuring an equitable future for our staff as well.
Since that time, Kaleidoscope has made strides to embed our DEI lens into our policies and procedures across the agency, including:
• Revising Kaleidoscope Employee handbook to meet best practices
• Restructuring supervision to include DEI feedback and reflection of race in our work with families
• Creating an equitable language guide to be used within the agency and vendors
• Reviewing job descriptions to ensure that systematic barriers do not prevent qualified individuals from obtaining roles in the agency
It is Kaleidoscope’s hope that these foundation changes are the first of many that will ensure an equitable future for Kaleidoscope staff. In doing so, we aim to recruit and retain the compassionate, dedicated case workers, therapists and other professionals who help our families heal, grow and thrive. In particular, we welcome former youth in care to join our teams, ensuring our kids can see brighter futures for themselves at every opportunity.