Diversity, Equity and Community

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.

Hygiene Kit Holiday Drive

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As we visit the Opera House amid this holiday season of giving and gratitude, we are mindful of how fortunate we are and how much we have to be grateful for. Just the same, we are acutely aware of how many individuals, families, and organizations in our community need our care, engagement, and support.

We are committed to our Company mission to create “impactful, reciprocal connections to our community” and invite you to join us in participating in a Hygiene Kit Holiday Drive.

This holiday season, we are collecting hygiene products for our Community Partners, Compass Family Services and HomeRise, who help support individuals and families that are experiencing homelessness.

How to participate:

1. Gather some of the following items*, full size or travel. Must be new and unopened.
Shampoo & conditioner
Bar soap or body wash
Toothpaste & toothbrush
Deodorant or antiperspirant
Hand sanitizer & lotion

2. Assemble your items in a small, sealable bag.

3. Write a positive note to include with items.

4. Bring your items with you when you attend a performance of Così fan tutte and drop them off at collection table in the Opera House lobby.

*Please keep in mind that many different people will receive these hygiene kits. When shopping, please consider buying and donating products suitable to various skin types and hair textures. Thank you for shopping thoughtfully and inclusively!

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


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




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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Explore readings, tools, and videos curated by DEC to help you and your organization build understanding around, and capacity to address, company culture, implicit bias, race & white privilege, and civic practice.



Diversity & Culture:

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

religions, nationalities, and sexual orientations within our community.


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

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


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


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


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