Inclusivity Statement

 

Inclusivity Statement:

Riverside Educational Center believes in societal equity and takes action to achieve equity within our programming. REC supports actions that promote and achieve equity for all students and families and actively works to break down systemic barriers that hold students back. REC advocates for equity and inclusivity and the elimination of prejudice within schools and our community. 

 

REC programming is grounded upon mutual respect, open communication, and respectful collaboration with REC students and their families. We recognize that we do not have all the answers to combat prejudices, but we have the capacity to drive change within our community and commit, as an organization and as individuals, to listening, learning, and taking action to fight prejudice.

 

REC commits to the hard work of identifying our implicit biases and addressing them as an organization and within our programming. We pledge to invest in implicit bias training for our staff, volunteers, and Board of Directors. We resolve to provide age-appropriate inclusivity education for our students. REC is dedicated to valuing and respecting one another’s differences. 

 

Our work is collaborative and we acknowledge that REC cannot take actions alone or in a vacuum. Ongoing discussions and actions, at all levels of society, advance our mission of inclusivity and educational and societal equity. 

 

Non-Discrimination Policy:

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity. Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/USDA-OASCR%20P-Complaint-Form-0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:

  • (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights; 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

  • (2) fax: 833-256-1655 or 202-690-7442; or

  • (3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.

 This institution is an equal opportunity provider.