Seek voices at the margins
We know that many people across our region have long been excluded from decisions that affect their lives. We actively center historically marginalized voices and their lived experiences.
Show up in solidarity
We start from a place of respect for our community partners, by co-defining shared outcomes and the collaborative process to achieve them, and by consistently sharing resources, keeping our promises, and learning from our mistakes.
Elevate community wisdom
We recognize that our community partners already have the wisdom, expertise, vision, and skills to drive meaningful change. We also recognize that we have much to learn from our community partners. We reduce barriers to engagement and leverage our connections, resources, and investments to amplify their power.
Invest in trust
We invest time into earning and maintaining trust with our community partners and show up with humility, candor, and transparency for these important, transformational relationships.
Listen to understand
We listen deeply and approach relationships with a learning mindset to challenge our assumptions, broaden our perspective, and invite critical feedback to change what we do.
Evolve decision making
We commit to bringing the perspectives, information, and insights of our community partners into regional decision-making processes.
Recognize the past to do better in the future
We acknowledge and reflect on past decisions that have led to inequitable outcomes in order to learn from them and do better.