Triangle’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

v. August 2020

Triangle stands against racism. We stand firmly with Black Lives Matter and all marginalized people, and those working toward racial justice, equity, and inclusion. We stand with all oppressed people who live in a world made dangerous and unjust by systemic racism.  As an organization, we place a high value on maintaining neutrality with all stakeholders. History and lived experience matter, and because of that, we declare ourselves as not impartial and not neutral about this issue – not in our private lives and not in our work.

We support an unprecedented effort to address inequity in our systems of governance, economy, housing, employment, and healthcare, and we will continue to better articulate and step into our role in this effort. We recognize that without disruption, systems of oppression will not change. Triangle’s work is rooted in transforming conflict into collaboration, supporting education, and empowerment of the next generation, and we strive every day to create and nurture spaces that support equitable community engagement and policy decisions.

Triangle commits to being an anti-racist organization. We will provide opportunities and platforms for our staff, clients, and community partners to be seen and heard and have their voices amplified. Specifically, WE ARE COMMITTED TO:

  • Acknowledging our role as leaders and how as a historically white-led company we still have much to learn, will make mistakes, and must be accountable to do the work of leaning into our discomfort.
  • Examining white privilege and evaluating our internal practices to foster an inclusive and equitable culture, that increases the diversity among our organization’s staff, leadership, and ownership.
  • Centering racial equity in our decision making, continuing to deepen this in both the educational programs that we bring to our school communities and in the facilitation and public involvement work that we do with our adult stakeholders.
  • Investing in Black and Brown employees and communities in the fight for racial justice and change.
  • Partnering with minority-owned businesses, to support and strengthen their organizations and leadership.
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Triangle Associates Inc. is committed to supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion in all our services and organizational culture, and to providing equitable opportunities for professional growth. This commitment is essential to achieving our company’s vision and mission.

  • Our vision is a sustainable planet with engaged communities and leaders.
  • Our mission is to foster equitable and informed environmental decision-making.

Our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is rooted in the following four guiding principles:

  • Creating inclusive spaces in our work
  • Practicing cultural humility
  • Evolving our internal culture
  • Empowering individuals and communities

This table outlines how we intend to implement our commitment through a diversity, equity and inclusion plan finalized in 2017, and actualized through annual workplans:

Creating Inclusive Spaces in Our WorkPracticing Cultural HumilityEvolving Our Internal CultureEmpowering Individuals and Communities
...By valuing and representing the diverse backgrounds, experiences, identities, and beliefs of our staff and community...By showing respect for other cultures and approaching cultural understanding as a lifelong goalBy promoting ongoing learning and supporting the professional, social, and emotional growth of our staff...By providing the means and tools for the individuals and communities we serve to represent their own interests and progress in a self-determined way
The types of actions we commit to include:
Linguistic and cultural accessibilityUsing a culturally competent lens in all our workDeveloping fair, consistent, and transparent promotional pathwaysPromoting equity in resources available to participants through stipends and grant funding
Engaging communities in product and process designCoaching our clients in cultural humility in working with stakeholders and the publicConstantly improving our approach to employee recruitment and retentionPromoting equity in opportunity to access information
Addressing and redirecting discriminatory behavior and language in public spacesSeeking feedback on our work from communities in order to better serve their needsSupporting an internal DEI staff committee to advise leadershipProviding Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) education and community outreach programs to marginalized communities