Inclusion Policy Procedure

 

1. Introduction

109 World’s mission is to help individuals fulfill the promise of their potential of living a happy and meaningful life through personal growth, purpose, empathy and mindfulness by creating an experience for all people to build a social community in a fun and welcoming environment. 109 World recognizes the diversity of each individual and intentionally includes the differences that make us unique. We fully support the diverse needs of all participants, in order to  ensure their full potential. It is important that all participants feel comfortable  within the space, to promote the participation of all people, but especially those with a history of marginalized identities. 

109 World benefits from including individual differences in age, color, race, disability, ethnicity, gender identity, physical and mental ability, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, political affiliation, lived experience, and any other characteristic protected by applicable state of federal law, so that all members of the community are not only treated with dignity and respect at all times, but all feel safe, celebrated, and welcomed. The goal of our policy is to provide a clear understanding to all participants in an effort to help guide and support the community of 109 World. 

2. Definitions

Inclusion: The act of including someone as part of a group, space, etc. The inherent worth and dignity of all people are recognized. The involvement and empowerment, where the inherent worth and dignity of all people are recognized. An inclusive organization promotes and sustains a sense of belonging; it values and practices respect for the talents, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of living of its members. The term inclusion is used to describe the active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity — in people, in the curriculum, in the co-curriculum, and in communities (e.g. intellectual, social, cultural, geographic) with which individuals might connect. 

Diversity: The inclusion of different types of people in a group or organization. The range of human differences, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, social class, physical ability or attributes, religious or ethical values system, national origin, and political beliefs. 

Equality: Providing equal opportunities and treatment to people of all characteristics/classes. Diversity is about celebrating and valuing how different we all are. This is strongly linked with promoting human rights and freedoms, based on the principles of dignity and respect. Diversity is about recognizing, valuing and taking account of people’s different backgrounds, knowledge, skills, and experiences, and encouraging and using those differences to create a productive and effective environment. 

Protected Characteristics/Classes (include but are not limited): 

  • Age 
  • Alienage or citizenship status 
  • Color 
  • Disability 
  • Gender (including sexual harassment) 
  • Gender Identity 
  • Marital status and partnership status 
  • National origin 
  • Pregnancy 
  • Race & Hair 
  • Religion/Creed 
  • Sexual orientation 
  • Status as a Veteran or Active Military Service Member 
  • Language 

3. Responsibilities: 

109 WORLD: 

  • Committed to fostering a welcoming environment that embraces diversity and works to protect its members from harassment and discrimination 
  • Go beyond the minimum requirements of the law to incorporate principles of universal design to make the 109 experiences accessible to more people 
  • Ensuring our activity programs reflect the diversity and needs of the community which is served

STAFF: 

  • Identify and mitigate our biases 
  • Exhibit inclusive behaviors that are fair, open, cooperative, supportive, and empowering 

INDEPENDENT GUIDES & SPEAKERS: 

  • Non 109 World team members will follow 109’s inclusion policy in addition to our Terms and Conditions
  • Valuing, respecting and promoting the rights, responsibilities, and dignity of individuals found within this policy 

VOLUNTEERS: 

  • All volunteers must oblige by each policy 

PARTICIPANTS: 

  • All participants must treat each other with respect and dignity as outlined in this policy 
  • Uphold our inclusion policy and hold others accountable when needed 

4. Guidelines for Inclusion:

  • All participants have the right to self identify as they wish without fear of being bullied or harassed in any unlawful manner
  • Participants have the right to be referred by their correct pronoun
  • Participants have the right to create an environment of accountability by correcting folks in your space about your name, pronoun, rude comments or jokes. Part of creating that environment is being direct about letting your community know that certain kinds of comments and jokes are just not part of being in your space
  • 109 World treats all participants with respect and equality
  • We believe in helping all participants regardless of physical strength. If you are disabled or need assistance in movement our team will gladly assist
  • All safe movement modifications are welcomed. All participants have the right to move within the boundaries of their body. Please let team know if you need assistance 
  • If language is a barrier let our team know before hand and we will try our best to accommodate your needs
  • If a participant cannot practice our mindfulness activities around the opposite sex for religious reasons or experiences involving trauma 109 World, will do our best to accommodate participants within our means
  • Gender and culture are best understood within a multicultural framework that recognizes multiple, intersecting identities; power relations; and the action for social  justice. 109 World is fully committed to celebrating the differences of individuals while providing a safe space for our participants to meet their mindfulness and self-care potential. If a participant expresses that their identity or safe space has been violated in any way, below is a guide of how to proceed with any conflicts that go against the 109 World Inclusion Policy. 

5. Guidelines for Handling Incidents:

  • 109 World encourages participants to attempt to resolve any incidents that occur with the parties involved before escalating the situation if and when you feel comfortable. If you do not feel comfortable attempting to resolve the issue or if a resolution cannot be reached, a formal complaint should be made. 
  • Participants who feel a policy has been violated by a staff member or another 109 World member can make a formal complaint to the Executive Director ([email protected]). If the complaint is against the Executive Director or if an individual does not feel comfortable directing the complaint to this individual, a complaint can be submitted to the Chairperson of the organization, Olivia Rothschild ([email protected]).
  • Once a formal complaint has been received, an investigation will be ensued. While a formal investigation is being conducted, involved parties may be subject to suspension of participating in 109 experiences.
  • All incidents will be reviewed and responded to within 72 hours. Involved parties will be notified of the decision. 
  • Changes or amendments to our policy are made only by the 109 World Board of Directors if we feel like the inclusion principles need to be updated or changed. In addition, 109 World is ensuring all policies are up-to-date and reflect current practices.