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The Core of Who We Are

At Change Happens, diversity, equity, and inclusion are the core of who we are. We strive to create a workplace that reflects the communities we serve and where everyone feels empowered. Together, we continue to build an inclusive culture that encourages, supports, and celebrates the diverse voices of our employees and the people we serve. It is a catalyst for our creativity and connects us closer to our clients and the communities we serve. We begin with defining key terms as we consider how they might be operationalized at Change Happens.

  • Diversity is used to describe individual differences and group/social connections that can be engaged to achieve excellence in our work.

  • Inclusion is used to describe the intentional and ongoing engagement with diversity – in people and in communities with which we connect.

  • Equity is used to describe the approach to ensure that everyone has access to the same opportunities. It is the recognition that we don’t all start from the same place because advantages and barriers exist. We seek to correct the imbalance and ensure that people with marginalized identities have the opportunity to grow, develop and reach their potential.


At Change Happens a diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplace is one where all employees and volunteers, whatever their gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation or identity, education or disability, feels valued and respected. We are committed to a nondiscriminatory approach and provide equal opportunity for employment and advancement in all of our departments, programs, and worksites.

  • We value diversity in culture and thought.

  • We believe diversity enriches the work experience for team members. 

  • We are committed to attracting and supporting staff from diverse backgrounds and experiences. 

  • We believe in our connectedness and in deep collaborations with our clients and communities. 

  • We respect and value diverse life experiences and heritages and ensure that all voices are valued and heard. 

  • Change Happens works toward eliminating all oppression, building a culture of inclusion and liberation and honoring the humanity of all individuals, most importantly those who have been traditionally marginalized.


  • We believe in putting our clients first to create a culture of extraordinary care.

  • We believe in working with each other and our community with trust and respect.

  • We believe in excellence and we don’t settle for anything less.

  • We believe in our connectedness and in deep collaborations which create power and unity.

  • We believe in learning and finding new ways to bring innovative approaches to the work that we do.

  • We believe in personal accountability and accepting ownership.  We stand and occupy a brave space to admit when we are wrong and we have the courage to change.

  • We believe in empowering every person we meet to achieve more and we strive to create opportunities to make a positive difference in the lives of others.

  • We value diversity in culture and thought.

  • We believe in the highest standards of integrity in all our actions.

  • We believe in being in a state of elevated awareness, being aware of our effect on the world.

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