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Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

The Kempe Center endeavors to promote justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) across all levels of the organization. 

The JEDI Core is dedicated to fostering excellence by upholding the ideals of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. These core values drive a profound transformation in our identity and approach. We wholeheartedly acknowledge the capabilities, skills, and welfare of both families and the dedicated workforce that serve them. Through collaboration with our diverse faculty, staff, partners, and community, we aspire to connect our research, advocacy, education, and clinical cores to create synergy in our endeavors to serve, all while maintaining a JEDI-focused perspective.

Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (JEDI)


To honor those that have come before us in this work, those that have dedicated their lives to anti-oppression, we use their words as our mission statement:


The Kempe Center’s AntiRacism Statement

Our statement describes a desired state, a desire to become an antiracist organization. It is a journey, not a destination. Our commitment is not static. As we learn, we may need to shift and do better with what we know. We didn’t get here overnight, nor will we change it overnight. In the words of Martin Luther King Jr., “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” It will take persistence and time, but our ripples will create impact.

Affinity Groups

Affinity groups – Goals & leaders

At the Kempe Center an affinity group is a group of people who come together to discuss, prepare for, make recommendations and take direct action that forwards Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (JEDI). The group makes decisions together and supports each other during and after action.

JEDI Strategic Impact Areas and Approach

Values & Principles in Action

We have identified principles that further define our values and exemplify how we live into these values and principles.

Education & Awareness

Race Intelligence Coaching Program (RQ)

The Kempe Center’s trained and certified coaches provide RQ-Race Intelligence™ coaching services that help individuals, groups and teams build the capacity to understand their relationship with race as a construct and reveal, recognize, and reconcile conscious and unconscious mindsets, attitudes, behaviors, and belief systems that enable racialized oppression. RQ™, as a coaching modality, seeks to equip individuals, teams, and organizations in accessing this form of intelligence and develop specific and deliberate skills that transcend conversations beyond blame and shame to those that foster growth, understanding, connection, healing, and restoration of relationships as human beings in a racialized world. In doing so, participants of this program will have the skills needed to challenge and change structural practices by developing the knowledge of systemic racism and the skills needed to begin dismantling it within their sphere of influence and beyond. 

Conscious Coaching

Conscious Coaching helps leaders honor their commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion as priority areas in their leadership, which includes intentionally attending to the dynamics that promote or detract from this commitment. Leaders will explore internalized mindsets that often live beneath the surface of awareness, engage in critical and curious reflection and forward those reflections into actions. Leaders will deepen their awareness and elevate their leadership to cultivate a resonant level of trust and authenticity for those they lead and provide support in bringing JEDI to the forefront of their own coaching work.   

Programs, Initiatives, & Consultations

JEDI core provides consultation and support to internal and external programs. Consultation involves guiding programs in the utilization of JEDI principles to advance and achieve sustainable change throughout the Center’s Core service areas of advocacy, clinical, research, education and business operations to include hiring and retention, and external partner programs and practices.


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