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DEIA (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility)

KAHILU THEATRE Board of Directors’ Commitment to DEIA

The Kahilu Theatre Board of Directors is committed to being nondiscriminatory and providing  equal opportunities for Board development and advancement in all areas of our work. The Board  respects and values diverse life experiences represented in our community. We strive to listen  and engage all views and are committed to fostering a culture of equality that embraces the  voices of all and their full, authentic selves. The Board will model diversity, equity, inclusion,  and accessibility with the goal of supporting fair and equal treatment for all. Further, we will  promote diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility (DEIA) in our governance work by  providing informed leadership for the organization’s internal culture, identity and strategic  direction and by agreeing to the following action items: 

a) The Board commits to implementing DEIA principles in connection with our vision and  mission for the benefit of those we serve. 

b) The Board aims to recognize and address inequities in our policies, programs and services. 

c) The Board will update and document Board progress on our DEIA practices on Kahilu’s  website and in annual reports. 

d) The Board promises to investigate underlying assumptions that interfere with our DEIA  policy. 

e) The Board commits to uncovering systemic inequities that impact our work at the Board level and addressing them in accordance with this policy and in alignment with our mission. 

f) The Board commits to challenging notions about what constitutes strong leadership within our  organization and reframing our understanding through a DEIA and anti-racist lens. 

g) The Board will institute ongoing learning opportunities and formal, transparent policies as we  strive for cultural competence and sensitivity by all Board members. 

h) The Board will create a designated resource page on Kahilu’s website in order to publicly  share our learnings in the areas of DEIA. 

i) As a community arts organization, we are deeply compelled by a strong sense of urgency to  ensure that Kahilu Theatre reflects the richness of our community. By the end of 2022, we  commit to diversifying Board membership and eliminating barriers to participation to achieve  greater representation with an emphasis on recruiting native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, and  Asian American community members, as well as those of diverse ability, age, background,  beliefs, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, race, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status. 

k) The Board will develop a system to create awareness and address biases during our recruiting,  hiring, and evaluating processes for executive staff.

l) The Board will allocate resources toward Board orientation and onboarding focused on DEIA  processes. 

m) The Board will continue to be transparent about salary ranges for job listings. 

n) The Board will support collaborations that positively impact community well-being, equity  and empowerment. 

o) The Board will support programming that supports Hawaiian cultural vitality and the  application of ʻike kūpuna (ancestral wisdom), including the use of ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian language) and  symbiotic, ancestral relationships to ʻāina (land) whenever possible.
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