DIVERSITY & INCLUSION STATEMENT

As a Humanities organization, Cerimon House believes that the diversity & inclusion of our community is a fundamental strength of our region. Our mission is best fulfilled when we embrace diversity & inclusion as a value and a practice. We also recognize that various groups of people over time have faced barriers of exclusion, and that the effects of this exclusion is perpetuated today through current conventions and institutions, as well as in the current advantages and disadvantages that individuals experience in their daily lives. This pattern extends to involvement in the cultural arts and the humanities. We maintain that achieving diversity requires an enduring commitment to inclusion that must find full expression in our organizational culture, values, norms, and behaviors. Inclusion requires more than avoiding discrimination; it also involves taking affirmative steps to include previously excluded populations in all aspects of the organization, from leadership to audiences. In addition, Cerimon House will not tolerate nor condone discrimination due to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran status, or disability. We aspire to make inclusion a daily practice, and diversity a core and abiding strength of our mission.