CCMS' Executive Director: Our Commitment to Equity

Updated: Jun 19, 2020

Dear friends,

Just over two weeks ago, Character Counts Mid Shore convened with a group of youth services nonprofit organizations in Talbot County to send a clear, unified message. Together, we released a statement sharing our deep concern over the senseless acts of violence against Black, indigenous, and other people of color in recent weeks — and, indeed, throughout centuries of our nation's existence. Together, we made a commitment to collaborate with one another in a common pursuit of systemic change and equity.

I am mindful that the work of building an equitable world requires more than talk and more than commitments. It requires action.

So often, when we consider the goal of creating an equitable community, we think mostly about the rigor of an individual's personal commitment to social justice. And that certainly is important. Individual commitment, however, is not enough. For real, systemic change to be realized, organizations must also explicitly engage in equity work through the creation of and faithful adherence to tools that identify inequality and that catalyze a systems-level, operational response to inherent bias.

To that end, I want to share the tools that Character Counts Mid Shore — staff and Board of Directors alike — has implemented to ensure that we are doing our part in the community to embrace authentic institutional change. Below, I share six organizational shifts we made last April:

Of course, the road to a brighter, just future is long. It will take more than words. It is a commitment that must be upheld continuously and stringently. At Character Counts Mid Shore, we will walk this road, day after day. Simply put, there is nothing characterful about racism. We will do more — we must do more — to bring that to the forefront.

Stay healthy, safe, and characterful,

Lauren Kay Weber Executive Director