The Wallace Center commits to centering anti-racism, racial equity, and inclusion in our programs, operations, and culture. Indigenous, Black, and Brown communities have been violently displaced, enslaved, and disenfranchised to build the foundation of modern farming, fishing, and food systems. Many of these same communities continue to face interpersonal and systemic discrimination resulting in cycles of land loss, exclusion and economic and health disparities. The Wallace Center recognizes that by not being explicitly anti-racist in our approach over the past 35 years, our complacency has reinforced racism and racial inequity. As an organization striving to enact systems change, we recognize the role that race and racism play in the modern food system and are therefore making a public commitment to dismantling racism through our work.
We manifest this commitment by:
The journey towards our collective liberation has no endpoint. We are learning. We will make mistakes. As we grow, we need the honest feedback of our community to enact this vision. Please contact us with your questions, ideas, and input.
To learn more about our history and our approach to incorporating racial equity in our work, please read this overview.
Throughout of our long journey towards becoming a multi-cultural anti-racist organization, we have been guided by the learning resources and tools created by leaders and organizations fighting for racial justice and the dismantling of white supremacy. We have also created some foundational documents that we use and revisit regularly as an organization.
Some of the many resources and tools that serve as compasses for learning and transformation include: