Antiracism, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Commitment

IGH’s Antiracism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Mission

The Ruff Institute of Global Homelessness (IGH) recognizes, understands, and acknowledges that homelessness disproportionately affects black people, native/aboriginal/indigenous people, people of color, and other marginalized populations and that structural and racial inequity is a root cause of homelessness. IGH is committed to using anti-racist, diverse, equitable, and inclusive practices, in both its operations and its strategic program areas to drive the movement to prevent and end global homelessness. As we work to draw connections between global successes, scale best practices among practitioners, and accelerate progress in reducing and ending homelessness, we commit to actively working to counter racism and inequities in the homelessness sector.

We commit to:

  • Advocating for international homelessness policy, focused on definition and disaggregated measurement that produces antiracism, diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Pursuing diverse, equitable, and inclusive partnerships through collaboration with and centering marginalized populations and people with lived experienced
  • Centering experiential knowledge of people with lived experience throughout our virtual and in-person engagements
  • Transforming IGH’s power dynamics in ways that counter racism and inequities and promotes diversity and inclusion
  • Improving our policies and practices on an ongoing basis through education, training, and evaluation

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