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GSHCC's Response to Racism

Girl Scouts Heart of Central California (GSHCC) abhors racism and we care deeply about giving all girls the opportunity to learn, through the Girl Scout program, how to use their voices for change. 

And we realize that making change begins with us—the staff and Board of Directors. 

To that end, we are actively working to not only become more aware of our own biases and subtle acts of exclusion, but also to take specific actions to address racism and social injustices. We are listening and we are acting.

Our Actions

While this is just a start, here are some of the actions we are taking: 

  • All of our Service Unit and Troop Leader volunteers will receive our Building an Inclusive Sisterhood training that focuses on how to make sure every girl feels welcome and that she belongs in Girl Scouts. 
  • We have a staff team working on virtual programming that will help girls understand civic engagement, social justice, diversity and inclusion, racism, implicit bias, and subtle acts of exclusion. 
  • We will provide a forum for our Service Unit volunteers to have conversations about civil discourse and racism, and how they can support the girls with whom they work. 
  • We will continue staff development on diversity and inclusion, with an emphasis on implicit bias and subtle acts of exclusion and we will focus on being role models, teachers and learners in this space. 
  • We will build on our commitment to ensuring our staff and Board of Directors mirror the communities we serve.
  • We will continue to encourage and equip girls and staff to take action in their communities to bring about positive social change. 
  • We have created a Response to Racism Working Group to ensure the above work is evaluated, expanded, and continued, as we know this is a long-term commitment and learning process. 

We’re committed to continuing the conversation by bringing different voices to the table, listening to each other, educating ourselves, and recognizing that while it might not be perfect, we need to begin somewhere. We must acknowledge racism and amplify resources to help end it. 

We all have a role to play in bringing about the world we want to see for our girls. 

June 5, 2020

Linda E. Farley & Jenni Murphy signatures
Linda E. Farley, Ed.D.
Chief Executive Officer
Girl Scouts Heart of Central California 
Jenni Murphy, Ed.D.
GSHCC Board Chair
Dean, College of Continuing Education CSUS