We failed to listen to and incorporate the views and needs of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) who identify as Timbers Army and Rose City Riveters. We ignored opportunities to listen to our community about concerns that are vital to them — not just this time, but many times.
We failed our community, and we commit to dismantling structures that keep BIPOC not only from speaking, but also from being heard.
Effective immediately, we will:
- Make space: Establish open sessions for our BIPOC community to express concerns and offer perspective to the board, and develop an ongoing process for members to have their grievances heard and addressed.
- Actively listen: Create a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee to ensure that BIPOC are represented in leadership.
- Educate ourselves and improve: Hire experts to understand how to adapt to be a truly inclusive space for the community. Evaluate the 107IST organizational structure and change processes that silence the voices of marginalized communities.
We will get back to you within the next 30 days with a more structured plan. We are getting to work.
The 107IST board of directors
|Sheba Rawson, President
|Ray Terrill, Vice President
|Jennifer Ingraham, Secretary
|Dawn Bauman, Treasurer