Wake the Nation recognizes that privilege and access have heavily influenced and advantaged voices that drive advocacy and policy change in relation to drugs, substance use disorder, and mental health, as well as the US society in general.
For us, culturally inclusivity embodies diversity and builds opportunity for greater collaboration.
It is imperative for any organization, to be well informed of diverse perspectives and needs that propel a movement forward. In essence, it is the organization’s blood flow, the systemic circulatory system that carries nutrient enriched perspectives so the organization can flourish.
Cultural inclusion means conscientiously seeking out materials, resources, and consultants that represent a wider swath of experiences and identities than are present in our current staff and network. The act of inclusion in an organization is to us, the process of improving the ability, opportunity, and dignity of people. To be inclusive is to build essential relationships that share a common purpose, but to diversify such relationships through cultural inclusion is known to result in higher levels of productivity, creativity and adaptability. Organizations with diversity are less prone to “groupthink”, instead demonstrating critical thinking skills, manifesting in organization and client benefits.
However, beyond representation, Wake the Nation strives toward cultural inclusion by critically analyzing the dominant representation of white, middle-class, hetero samples in research and best practice development. By practicing cultural inclusion and welcoming all, regardless of culture, ethnicity, race, religion, beliefs, socioeconomic status, gender and sexual preference, Wake the Nation works to hold space for a wide array of cultural identities to be represented in our work.
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