Fall 2013- Alaska CASA launched an initiative to elevate the level of cultural competence, and increase the awareness, understanding, and knowledge of Alaska Native cultures among our CASA volunteers and program staff. We will achieve this by:
offering continuing education content and providing resources on diversity, culture, disproportionality, and disparate outcomes
collaborating with OCS and other community partners to identify and address disproportionality issues
As the volunteer organization that advocates for abused and neglected children statewide, Alaska CASA is committed to understanding and honoring the diversity of the families from which they come. While racial and ethnic differences may be most evident, we also recognize diversity in socioeconomic status, cultural background, gender, religion, sexual orientation, physical and mental ability, and viewpoints. It is by valuing the differences and varied strengths among us that we can best serve the children and ultimately, the larger community. We intend not merely to state this commitment in writing, but to make it readily apparent in hiring practices, volunteer recruitment and training, appointments to advisory councils, public outreach, and in each person’s everyday actions on behalf of abused and neglected children.