Affinity Group Missions/Goals Guidelines
On June 4, 2020, following the killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, the IC facilitated a voluntary agency-wide discussion attended by 145+ of our total staff of approximately 165 during which, among other things, staff shared personal accounts of racism they’ve experienced including while doing their jobs. After the discussion, the IC followed up with staff recommendations including suggestions to provide more historical context to staff through ongoing education; create affinity groups; conduct an internal audit; and provide litigation training opportunities related to systemic racism.
Subsequently, the IC organized and led voluntary agency-wide discussions about Ava Duvernay’s critically acclaimed documentary 13th and the series Watchmen to provide more historical context of the 13th Amendment and the mass incarceration of Black and Brown people, and The Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921, respectively. In addition, the IC formed ad hoc working groups to discuss, follow up and commit to implementing staff recommendations.
Female Attorneys Facing Discrimination
The LGBTQIA+ Staff Affinity Group aims to create a safe space and support system for LSHV staff who are a part of the LGBTQIA+ community. We hope to continue to maintain a close-knit community and provide an outlet to discuss issues both professionally and personally, educate the larger agency on LGBTQIA+ issues, and make agency policy recommendations as they pertain to LGBTQIA+ concerns and their intersection with other identities.
Multi-Denominational Faith-Based Employee Group (Formerly Christian/ Catholic Staff) Mission:
Privilege Accountability Group Effort (PAGE) Mission:
Women Affinity Group Mission:
Work to Do Mission:
Working Parents Support Group (Formerly Single Parents) Mission:
Jewish Staff Affinity Group:
To connect with other Jewish staff to discuss our Jewish identities, the office’s DEI work, and ways that we can act as allies to our other colleagues.
Somos Unidos – We Are United:
To establish a community of staff/volunteers at LSHV who are of Latin American descent and foster an network that will educate, uplift and bring light to our various cultures from different countries in Latin America to staff at LSHV. Our group is open to everyone in the agency who wants to learn and connect with the Latin American cultures we have at LSHV.