Diversity, Equity and Community

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San Francisco Opera’s Department of Diversity, Equity and Community (DEC) envisions a vibrant arts world in which people of all races create, share and enjoy resources and relationships equitably, unleashing individual potential, embracing collective responsibility and generating global prosperity in the arts and beyond.

The recent onslaught of violence against the Black Americans; including Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and countless others, reminds us that white supremacy and racial injustice are potent, systemically-entrenched social cancers in the United States. The deaths of these innocent Americans are tragic examples of the racial divide and the culture of intolerance with which our nation continues to struggle. The San Francisco Opera Department of Diversity, Equity and Community was created to demonstrate our commitment to institutional transformation and social change. We stand in solidarity with the citizens of the SF Bay Area and beyond, in demanding justice, accountability, and systemic change. Because we wholeheartedly believe that Black Lives Matter.
 
We also recognize that it is easy to draft words and make statements about justice, but all the more difficult to enact meaningful change. We commit to progressive action by first recognizing and confronting our organization’s own complicity in perpetuating inequity and structural racism. Next, we aim to listen deeply in order to learn and unlearn the ways in which the arts can play a critical role in sparking dialogue and promoting healing transformation. We envision a world in which people of all races, create, share, and enjoy resources and relationships equitably, unleashing individual potential, embracing collective responsibility, and generating global prosperity in the arts and beyond.
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our commitment

We are committed to ensuring people of racially and culturally diverse backgrounds and experiences share and enjoy our art, resources, and relationships equitably, embracing community values and generating institutional prosperity.

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OUR core VALUES

Diversity & Culture:

We respect the wide diversity of identities, races and ethnicities,

religions, nationalities, and sexual orientations within our community.

Equity:

We value the voices, experiences, cultures, intellect and multi-dimensionality

of people of color to contribute to the artistic excellence of SFO.

Inclusion:

We prioritize identifying and removing barriers to racial equity within our institution.

Community:

We value voicing and sharing our viewpoints with integrity even when difficult, unpopular or risky.

Transformation:

We value the ability of individuals and systems to change in ways that make racial justice possible.

community partners highlight

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COMPASS FAMILY SERVICES

 CFS help homeless families and those at imminent risk to achieve housing stability, economic self-sufficiency, and well-being.

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COMMUNITY HOUSING PARTNERSHIP

CHP’s mission is to help homeless people secure housing and become self-sufficient.

 

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