Compass Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Resource Site
At Compass, we're committed to building a community where we are open to ongoing learning, self-evaluation, and self-awareness. Our goal is to create a community where we recognize strengths in all people and respond respectfully to people of all cultures. As a learning organization, we seek to understand how systems of privilege and oppression, including policies and institutional practices, affect opportunities for families in our programs. This online resource offers training and supports to better understand how race and culture impacts our work and how different people experience life through their culture.
Compass believes in the importance of fostering awareness of, and responsiveness to, the diverse populations and cultures we serve in our direct services programs and through our national partnerships. Integrating cultural proficiency into our coaching work requires coaches to be aware of, and manage, their own biases, and refrain from judging clients’ decisions. Culturally competent practice also requires that practitioners understand how institutions and history have shaped current financial situations and cultural perspectives.
Cultural humility instills the practice of working with people with a presence of humility, empathy, and non-judgment. It also incorporates a commitment to self-evaluation and self-critique to address power imbalances and build mutually beneficial partnerships based on trust. Coaches demonstrate cultural humility by approach the coaching relationship as a partnership; they ask questions about clients’ experiences, communicate respect, avoid assumptions, and reject stereotypes.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Plan
Our 2018 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Plan summarizes our strategies and goals advancing a diverse and inclusive workplace.
Cultural Proficiency Training Materials
As part of our new employee on-boarding, we encourage all team members to become familiar with the cultural proficiency materials in this section. These materials provide a cultural proficiency framework specific to Compass' work and the broader financial services industry. They also help to us (1) build a shared language around cultural proficiency, (2) understand the institutional barriers to building wealth, and (3) discern the dimensions of culture.
Start by reviewing the Susan Naimark and Madison Thompson training packet below, along with the surveys, videos and readings.
Part of Project Implicit developed by Harvard, this Implicit Association Test looks at our implicit biases towards race and seeks to measure to measure unconscious bias.
This 3-part series questions the very idea of race as innate biology. Part III focuses on housing policy and how systemic racism and discrimination has let to the inequalities we see today.
Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of finding her authentic cultural voice, and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk misunderstanding.
Understanding the Racial Wealth Gap
Understanding the Gender Wealth Gap
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion as a Business Imperative
NEWS AND UPDATES
Partner organizations for DEI resources and training
A national forum where advocates, organizers, researchers, practitioners, and funders are coming together to close the gap by building wealth for low-income women and women of color.