At FCA, we believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion are central to our mission and that having varied perspectives helps generate better ideas to solve Long Island's complex problems, while better serving an increasingly diverse community.
We’ve always infused these values into our internal culture, systems, and practices and we haven't been shy about sharing our commitments publicly. While doing so is a responsibility all trustees, staff and volunteers share, in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, and the BLM movement, leadership began thinking in an even more focused way about how we advance diversity, equity, and inclusion within the organization.
In the summer of 2020, FCA hosted two all-staff Zoom meetings to discuss what was taking place across the country and in our communities. We followed up with a staff survey and subsequent conversations agency-wide, all of which has helped shape our response to the civil unrest and our quest to make FCA even better.
The result is the creation of the FCA DEI Council – a cross-sectional group of staff and trustees – who are tasked with the following mission:
To increase organizational capacity and community impact by embedding Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion as a foundational pillar throughout FCA’s structure and framework.
We have some hard work to do, but we also have some exciting initiatives planned. Please check back here often for updates.
Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds, FCA President & CEO
At the beginning of 2022, FCA's DEI Council made the decision that a quarterly newsletter would be beneficial to keep the FCA Family informed on what the council was working on as well as opportunities to get involved. Check out the first two editions of our DEI Council newsletter below!
In an effort to more effectively accomplish the above mentioned goals, three subcommittees have been put in place.
A commitment to the ongoing pursuit of education and self-awareness around Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
Education & Training Chair- Kristina Packman, LMFT
Building and sustaining an organizational culture that supports diversity, equity, and inclusion through creating a safe space for difficult conversations, identifying areas for improvement, and reviewing, updating and developing policies to further DEI.
Organizational Culture Chair- Thurston O'Neal, LP MFT
Fostering an inclusive, equitable organizational climate and culture where all members of our staff can thrive. Develop and improve ways to promote and advance multicultural understanding between members of the community.
Community Advocacy Chair- Lys Cortes, MSW
Email the council at DiversityCouncil@fcali.org to get more information about our next meeting!