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DEI Pledge

At the International SCN8A Alliance, we are committed to promoting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in all aspects of our work. We believe that embracing diversity, fostering equity, and creating an inclusive environment are not only ethical imperatives but also crucial for driving positive change and achieving our mission.

Diversity: We celebrate and embrace the diversity of our members, partners, and the SCN8A community. We value and respect individuals from all races, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, ages, religions, disabilities, and socio-economic backgrounds. We believe that diversity enriches our understanding, strengthens our efforts, and leads to better outcomes.

Equity: We are dedicated to achieving equity within the SCN8A community and beyond. We acknowledge that systemic barriers exist and that certain individuals may face disadvantages due to historical and structural factors. We are committed to identifying and addressing these barriers, ensuring fair access to resources, opportunities, and support for all individuals, regardless of their backgrounds or circumstances.

Inclusion: We strive to create an inclusive environment where everyone feels welcomed, valued, and empowered to contribute their unique perspectives and talents. We actively seek to dismantle biases, promote open dialogue, and foster a culture of respect and belonging. We recognize that inclusion goes beyond mere representation and requires active efforts to challenge and overcome exclusionary practices.

Our Commitment:

  • We will actively listen to and learn from individuals within the SCN8A community and beyond, valuing their lived experiences, perspectives, and contributions.
  • We will cultivate an organizational culture that promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion at all levels, ensuring that these principles guide our decision-making processes, policies, and practices.
  • We will continually educate ourselves and our community on DEI topics, challenging our own biases, and striving for cultural competence.
  • We will collaborate with diverse stakeholders to amplify underrepresented voices, address systemic inequalities, and work towards positive change.
  • We will hold ourselves accountable by regularly assessing our progress, identifying areas for improvement, and transparently sharing our DEI initiatives and outcomes.

By pledging to uphold these principles, the International SCN8A Alliance is dedicated to fostering a more inclusive and equitable future for individuals and families affected by SCN8A-related disorders.

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