Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Policy
Last updated on February 5, 2024.
At Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep (NILMDTS), we believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion are fundamental values that enrich our organization and strengthen our mission. We are committed to fostering an environment where all individuals are treated with respect, dignity, and fairness regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, or any other characteristic.
Our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is reflected in the following principles:
- Respect for All Individuals: We value the unique perspectives, experiences, and identities of all individuals associated with NILMDTS, including staff, volunteers, donors, sponsors, and the families we serve. We treat everyone with respect, kindness, and empathy, recognizing each person’s inherent worth and dignity.
- Equity and Fairness: We strive to create a level playing field where everyone has equal access to opportunities, resources, and support. We are committed to identifying and addressing systemic barriers preventing certain individuals or groups from fully participating and thriving within our organization.
- Inclusive Culture: We are dedicated to building an inclusive culture where diverse voices are heard, valued, and celebrated. We promote open communication, collaboration, and mutual respect, fostering an environment where everyone feels welcome, safe, and empowered to contribute their perspectives and ideas.
- Continuous Learning and Improvement: We recognize that achieving diversity, equity, and inclusion requires ongoing commitment and effort. We are committed to learning from diverse perspectives, engaging in meaningful dialogue, and continuously improving our practices, policies, and programs to better serve all individuals and communities.
- Accountability and Transparency: We hold ourselves accountable for our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We are transparent about our goals, progress, and challenges, and we welcome feedback from all stakeholders to ensure that we are living up to our values and making meaningful progress toward our shared vision of a more just and equitable society.
By embracing diversity, equity, and inclusion, we strengthen our organization, enhance our impact, and fulfill our mission of providing compassionate support to families experiencing the loss of a baby. Together, we strive to create a world where every individual is valued, respected, and empowered to honor the baby(ies) they’ve lost.