Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Street Law engages in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) work because it aligns with our mission to empower and equip all people and communities to fully participate in democracy. To act on this commitment, we must connect with and learn from each other and our stakeholders; hire, maintain, and promote diverse talent; and strive to continually move our organization towards antiracism and genuine inclusion.
If we are successful in our DEI work, then Street Law will:
- Uplift and empower people and communities to support participation in a just and healthy democracy.
- Include participants in how we create our materials and develop programming, with a focus on removing barriers for program participation.
- Have enough evidence and data from our work to be an example of successful DEI integration in our field.
- Have a diverse staff at all levels of the organization with an inclusive, accepting culture and equitable internal policies and practices.
In the past year (July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021), we have moved the needle substantially on living up to our DEI commitment. Here are some steps we’ve taken:
- We intentionally integrated the voices of youth of color into our programs. Examples include involving youth leaders of color in our Legal Life Skills Program planning and creating space for dialogue between youth of color and school resource officers.
- We developed an internal guide to help ensure that Street Law curricular materials are culturally accurate and sensitive to all identities.
- We intentionally sought out community-based partnerships with U.S. organizations whose mission is focused on serving Black and Brown youth.
- We trained professionals who serve underserved populations to become Legal Life Skills facilitators at their nonprofit or grassroots organization. These individuals were given access to training and curricula at a reduced fee, enabling them to afford to bring Street Law to their constituents.
- We integrated inclusive teaching techniques into trainings for our virtual Legal Diversity Pipeline Program sites.
- Our virtual lesson and workshop plans for the Legal Diversity Pipeline Program were reviewed by a culturally diverse group of legal professionals and educators to ensure accuracy and sensitivity.
- In our deliberations-focused program in Ukraine, we ensured that half of the participants were from the underserved areas of Eastern Ukraine. By intentionally including those participants, we not only reached new audiences but ensured that their unique perspectives were shared with the participants from the wealthier and more connected western areas of the country.
- In our work with law schools in Uzbekistan, we ensured that all trainings and materials were translated/interpreted into both Uzbek and Russian languages. By providing the opportunity for participants to learn and participate in the language that they were most comfortable with, we were able to break language barriers and allow them to focus on the content of the training or material.
- We continued our journey to re-imagine and update the Police & Teens Program to ensure an equitable model that reflects the voices of the young people and communities it serves.