DEIA Committee

DEIA is Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Anti-Racism

The DEIA Committee ensures that reDiscover is taking an active role in dismantling systemic racism by continuously building an inclusive organization and opening opportunities for youth from all walks of life to pursue their interests as tinkerers and innovators.

The DEIA Committee was formed in October 2020 to combat systemic racism and contribute to social and educational equity, following the work of the staff-initiated Inclusion Action Committee. The DEIA Committee consists of equal numbers of board and staff members. Committee members work as a whole, in sub-committees, and in partnership with other members of reDiscover's staff, board, and community to evaluate reDiscover's current practices and take actions to increase diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism within our community.

2020-2021 DEIA Committee Membership

Hanabee Cartagena, Facilitator
Bella Granados, Facilitator
Amara Leipzig, Facilitator
Max Nishimura, Board Member
Julianna Ostrovsky, Facilitator
Dr. Kristen Paglia, Board Member
Donna Tiocao, Board Member
Jonathan Bijur, Executive Director, ex-officio
Dr. Stephen McCray, Advisor

Cultural Equity and Inclusion Statement

reDiscover was founded in 2002 to provide arts education through recycled materials to schools in Venice and Santa Monica. Upon establishing expertise in collecting and distributing materials, reDiscover expanded its mission to engage children across Los Angeles County. A new mission statement was adopted in 2018 based on the belief that all children can be creative and deserve opportunities to express themselves.

reDiscover commits to being allies with underrepresented and marginalized groups and seeks to create pathways that lead towards affordable and accessible programming for all children regardless of income, sex, ethnic background, national origin, or any other barriers they may face.

Adopted by DEIA Committee, December 2020

Goals and Objectives

reDiscover Center takes an active role in dismantling systemic racism by:

  • Acknowledging and addressing racism and other forms of systemic oppression operating on and within reDiscover;
    • Objective 1a:  Increase organizational awareness of the history, current presentation, and ongoing impact of racism and other forms of systemic oppression as related to reDiscover operations and programs.
    • Objective 1b:  Identify ways in which racism and other forms of systemic oppression operate on and within reDiscover’s governance, operations, advancement, and programs policies and practices.
  • Continuously building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization;
    • Objective 2a:  Establish diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism as reDiscover core values and organizational culture.
    • Objective 2b:  Align resource development and communications activities with DEIA goals.
    • Objective 2c:  Align employee recruitment, hiring, training, and retention practices with DEI goals.
  • Increasing access to reDiscover Center resources for youth from all walks of life.
    • Objective 3a:  Increase interest in and access to reDiscover programs for BIPOC youth and other youth from under-represented groups.
    • Objective 3b:  Create a safe, welcoming, inclusive learning environment for all children.
  • Providing an inclusive, social justice, and environmental justice oriented art and maker education curriculum.
    • Objective 4a:  Explore and strengthen how reDiscover’s creativity and tinkering philosophies support youth’s emerging identity and skills in advancing inclusion, equity, and anti-racism.
    • Objective 4b: Design a curriculum that aligns maker and social-emotional learning with inclusion and equity.
    • Objective 4c: Integrate instructional strategies with environmental justice.
  • Establishing a culture of transparency and accountability toward achieving permanent, sustainable organizational change.
    • Objective 5a:  Identify appropriate progress metrics and reporting procedure for DEIA objectives and action items.
    • Objective 5b:  Develop internal/external communication strategies to keep the reDiscover and broader community engaged and informed of the DEIA process and progress.

Adopted by DEIA Commitee March 2021