We, as a predominantly white Board and staff, acknowledge that CHAP has been passive in reaching diverse communities, in being fully equitable in our access, and in being inclusive of every child who needs the healing power of art. This statement acts as an evolving guideline to hold CHAP accountable for our continued growth. We are committed to listening, learning, and actively serving children of all gender identities and
their families including those who have been historically underserved such as people with visible and invisible disabilities, and those who have been marginalized because of their race, ethnicity, and/or socio-economic circumstance. 
 
CHAP believes in the healing power of art and is dedicated to ensuring that with each interaction, every person feels safe, heard, and valued – without judgement. 
 
Applying what we have learned from external equity partners, we are committed to:
-delving into our individual and institutional privileges and discussing ways to use our privilege to actively and effectively engage every child and family that seeks the healing power of art at CHAP. 
-examining our unconscious bias to ensure that we are viewing everything we do through a lens of inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility. 
-discussing the long-term impact of our white racial identity within our
organizational framework and implementing a long-term strategic plan to
diversify our Board, staff, and volunteers to ensure that we are meeting the needs of the communities we serve.
-developing relationships with new partner organizations and making changes to the way CHAP delivers art experiences. 
-engaging children and families where they live, in ways they feel most
comfortable, and without barriers such as transportation or accessibility.
 
These are merely first steps. 
 
There is much more for CHAP staff and Board of Directors to learn along this journey.
We encourage input and feedback from all members of our community to hold us accountable and call us out when we fall short. This includes you.
 
To reach CHAP: 503-243-5294 or info@chappdx.org.