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Making Change Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

action plan

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diversity “If your actions don't live up to your words, you have nothing to say.”

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—DaShanne Stokes

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We are There is power in place

Place has the power to unite diverse communities

Inclusive places inspire ALL people across cultural and social identities to enjoy them Effective placemaking involves fostering a sense of belonging and celebrates a sense of self As inspired placemakers we will study, learn and advise to help in creating equitable design solutions and positive experiences

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placemakers

Placemaking starts with the needs of people – ALL PEOPLE

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Systemic and la can only happen and each organi to action. 6


asting change n if each person ization commits “Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” – Elie Wiesel 7


We are passionately committing to a 8-faceted action plan. Words are just that without defined and inspired action.

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Awareness Circle Formerly called TRIBES after the book by Seth Godin (since renamed to Circles), elements has added an additional employee-run, company-sponsored committee called the AWARENESS CIRCLE. “We need you to lead us” is foundational to our culture. The AWARENESS CIRCLE is responsible for activism among the employee base and scheduling the following events: • Internal

education of our associates. Our external community will be invited to attend many of these sessions

• Ensure

we have identified and planned all supportive social messaging

• Develop

schedule of local and national holidays, celebrations, and events

• Invite

non-profits who represent diversity, equity and inclusion to utilize our space free of charge for their events

• Develop

our own library of reference materials for all who want to pursue additional learning

• Track

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and publish all activities to ensure accountability

Mission: Promoting, celebrating, and achieving an inclusive and diverse culture to strengthen the elements community


Activity Log

Activity Log

education sessions

events

Albus Brooks presentation 11/9/20 ________________________________________________________________ date ________

Global Diversity Awareness Month 10/1/20 ________________________________________________________________ date ________

CityBuild #REALTALK | Building A City For Everyone 01/21 ________________________________________________________________ date ________

Black Poetry Day 10/2/20 ________________________________________________________________ date ________

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Rosa Parks Day 12/1/20 ________________________________________________________________ date ________

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International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia + Biphobia date ________ 05/21 ________________________________________________________________

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Asian/Pacific Islander heritage month 05/21 ________________________________________________________________ date ________

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Juneteenth 06/19/21 ________________________________________________________________ date ________

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(LGBTQIAA+) Pride Day 06/28/21 ________________________________________________________________ date ________

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Activity Log

Activity Log

communications

community engagements

Social Media Posts ongoing ________________________________________________________________ date ________

MSU Scholarship Fund - Raised over $6,000 05/21 ________________________________________________________________ date ________

DEI Newsletter sent 05/21 ________________________________________________________________ date ________

June Volunteer Hours 06/21 ________________________________________________________________ date ________

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Spill the Tea conversations monthly ________________________________________________________________ date ________

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$2k in entrepreneurial seed money to Ed Guart of Microffee 2021 ________________________________________________________________ date ________

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Employee diversity

elements is comprised of 8 studios which combine to create inspired places in the interior built environment. As of June 1, 2021 we are comprised of the following: 126 total employees White – male 46/female 65 Black – male 4 Hispanic – male 7 /female 2 Other – female 2 Total women = 54.8% Total minority = 11.9% Total women and minorities = 63.5% 2 of 7 women in senior leadership positions. 6 of 9 women in director level positions 3 of 7 women in manager level positions 11 of 23 women in all leadership roles Who we serve, non limiting: Cultural diversity, Racial diversity, Religious diversity, Age diversity, Sex / Gender diversity, Sexual orientation, Disability, Socioeconomic background / Class diversity, Education, Life experiences, Personality, General worldview / opinions We are committed to consistent improvement, and will update and publish our metrics on an annual basis. 12


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Supplier diversity In the interest of creating more equity in small businesses, we will pursue the following three practices. 1. Identify procured product and service opportunities where we can support minority-owned, women owned and LGBTQ+-owned businesses 2. Publish, and regularly update, a list of retailers who represent diverse ownership for our associates to support 3. From all of our major suppliers, request a copy of their diversity, equity and inclusion action plan to ensure they are taking action Click to view form HERE

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Employee Assistance Fund Although our EAF designed to support all employees during a time of need, we recognize that those who are financially underprivileged may have a greater need. A committee has been formed for approval and administration. Key components include: Time • Additional PTO is donated by other employees

Help Funds • Funds will be raised and can be used for virtually any unforeseen need Pay advances or loans • With adherence to guidelines, funds can be advanced to bridge a short-term need

In addition, elements offers a paid benefit called Employee Assistance Program that includes the following: Unlimited 24-7 Assistance Information, resources, and referrals on family matters, such as child and elder care; kennels and pet care; event and vacation planning; moving and relocation; car buying; college planning; and more. Legal information and referrals for situations requiring expertise in family law, estate planning, landlord/tenant relations, consumer and civil law, and more. Guidance with financial matters, including household budgeting, and short-and long-term planning. In Person Guidance In-person help for short-term issues (up to five* sessions with a counselor per person, per issue, per year). In-person consultations with network lawyers, including one free 30-minute in-person consultation per legal issue, and subsequent meetings at a reduced fee.

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Launch a new business with a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) partner We will start a new business with a woman-owned or minority-owned partner by the end of 2021, and will establish and organize the business, and elements will be the minority owner. elements will teach, train, support this business enterprise with support services. The primary target market for this business will be City, State and Federal Government business. We will envelop this individual, and the growing organization under his/her leadership to ensure success – advisory, mentorship and cultural connection.

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Scholarship program We believe that education is a key component to creating equity. Empowering individuals through learning the skills necessary to make good life decisions and guide their own success, is a critical component to making change. This annual grassroots effort is designed to change the lives of a small number of individuals. These individuals will then each change the lives of several more and the change accelerates. This three faceted scholarship program is designed for minority students to continue their education into higher education. We will establish three scholarships per year; each funded in the amount of $5,000. One Funded by elements’ ownership Two Funded by contributions from elements’ employees Three Funded by elements’ industry and business partnerships The scholarships will be in partnership with participating colleges and universities who offer degrees in elements practice of placemaking to include Graphic Design, Interior Design, Architecture, Construction Management and Business. A mentor will be provided to each student to provide the support necessary to ensure success.

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Entrepreneurial support and seed money elements is an entrepreneurial found and led company. There is little more important to maintaining and growing the quality of life in the United States than entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship is not growing as a whole in the U.S., and the trend is more accentuated among people of color and women. elements is active in the entrepreneurial community through organizations, speaking engagements, awards, articles, and helped launch Women on the Rise in conjunction with Downtown Denver Partnership under the Commons on Champa umbrella. We have a unique ability and network to support rising minority, women and LGBTQ entrepreneurs.

2021 Recipient: Eduardo Guart from Microffee is the recipient of our seed money this year. Ed completed the 9-week cohort at the Champa on Commons and has launched a unique coffee business. https://microffee.com

In addition to providing advisory and coaching, we will commit $2,000 seed money each year to an early stage business.

“Innovation is essential, and we need it. But the real magic starts with entrepreneurs — with people who are born with the rare gift to build successful businesses.” — Jim Clifton, Entrepreneurial StrengthsFinder

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Community activism To be a member of our AWARENESS CIRCLE, each member will be required to present our action plan to a business associate twice per quarter. Additionally, our senior leadership team is impassioned to do the same for small to medium-sized business owners once per month. This foundational effort will cultivate action among the largest and most powerful group of change agents in the community – small businesses.

Nick Wilson took part in discussion panel: Watch HERE CityBuild #REALTALK | Building A City For Everyone | Humanizing Diversity

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Knowledge is power

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Richard Rothstein argues how segregation in America is the byproduct of explicit government policies at the local, state, and federal levels.

This in-depth guide provides a launching pad for groups wishing to engage in deep, meaningful dialogue about race, racism, and structural inequality in the US.

The book discusses concepts of racism and Kendi’s proposals for antiracist individual actions and systemic changes.

A nonfiction book written as a letter to the author’s teenage son about feelings, symbolism, and realities associated with being Black in the US.

Austin writes in breathtaking detail about her journey to self-worth and the pitfalls that kill our attempts at racial justice. Her stories bear witness to the complexity of America’s social fabric.

In this in-depth exploration, DiAngelo examines how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage more constructively.

“Part jeremiad, part gripping crime thriller,”* This is Kennedy’s chronicle of his decadeslong crusade to solve one of America’s most pressing and shameful social problems.

The book discusses racerelated issues specific to African-American males and mass incarceration in the US. The central premise is that “mass incarceration is, metaphorically, the New Jim Crow”.


PODCASTS:

FILMS + TV:

Code Switch Hosted by journalists of color, this NPR podcast tackles conversations about race head-on. In a recent episode, “A Decade of Watching Black People Die,” Code Switch discusses the events of the past few weeks.

13th The U.S. imprisons more people than any other country in the world, and a third of U.S. prisoners are black. In this infuriating documentary, director Ava DuVernay argues that mass incarceration, Jim Crow and slavery are “the three major racialized systems of control adopted in the United States to date.”

All My Relations All My Relations is a podcast hosted by Matika Wilbur (Swinomish and Tulalip) and Adrienne Keene (Cherokee Nation) to explore their relationships— relationships to land, to their creatural relatives, and to one another. Each episode invites guests to delve into a different topic facing Native peoples today as they keep it real. The Future of Work A weekly podcast hosted by Jacob Morgan. Each episode is an in-depth interview with both U.S. and international senior executives and business leaders about working in and running a business with current events in mind. The latest episode, How to Build an Invincible Company, which dives into the question a lot of leaders are asking themselves: Is there a way for organizations to prepare for uncertainties and challenging times in advance, so we don’t have to get to a point where these tough decisions have to be made?

I Am Not Your Negro Narrated by the words of James Baldwin with the voice of Samuel L. Jackson, I Am Not Your Negro connects the Civil Rights Movement to Black Lives Matter. Although Baldwin died nearly 30 years before the film’s release, his observations about racial conflict are as incisive today as they were when he made them. Uncovering the Greenwood Massacre, nearly a century later One of the great tragedies of Oklahoma history, this eruption of bloodshed and destruction in Tulsa has lived on as a potent symbol of the ongoing struggle of black and white Oklahomans to forge a common destiny out of an often troubled past.

The Happiness Lab: Episode 10: How to Be a Better Ally We look at the psychology underpinning our reluctance to act and the ways in which we can match our moral beliefs with concrete actions. Featuring James Barr and Dan Hudson, co-hosts of the podcast ‘A Gay and a Non-Gay’. WARNING: This episode talks frankly about discrimination, hate crimes and sex.

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Placemaking the needs of ALL 22


starts with people – PEOPLE. 23


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We are committed We look forward to finding opportunities to act as a collective group of people. The foundational elements to create systemic change are education and action. We want to learn from you as well, and look forward to integrating our efforts. The change we want to see in our businesses and communities will take time, but are committed to consistency and accountability. We look forward to the partnerships and growth this will bring to ALL people in the interest of unity.