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Sphere Equity Practices

 

DIVERSITY AND EQUITY COORDINATOR

The Diversity and Equity Coordinator will help set, monitor and adjust the equity, diversity and accessibility goals for the Sphere community. The Diversity and Equity Coordinator is a point person for members and staff and will help identify workshops, trainings, events, and policies that will meet the diversity and equity goals of the community. If you have comments, questions, or would just like to meet Sphere’s Diversity and Equity Coordinator, Lily Williams, please do not hesitate! You can reach her at diversity@atmysphere.com.

COMMUNITY SPONSORED MEMBERSHIPS

As a way of making Sphere accessible to ALL women and gender nonconforming individuals, we offer 15 fully funded memberships, twice a year, for low income persons*, which can benefit from access to the Sphere community.

 We open our application for these memberships on October 1 and March 1, each year.

 If this opportunity would be a good fit for you, we look forward to your application.

 *People of Color, gender non-conforming, or those with a disability are strongly encouraged to apply.

Apply for a Community Sponsored Membership.

AFFINITY GROUPS

As a way of providing space for women and gender non-conforming individuals from historically marginalized groups to connect and support one another, Sphere will provide space and support for our members.

 If there are affinity groups who would like to organize a weekly lunch date, please contact Lily, our Diversity and Equity Manager.

REGISTRATION PRACTICES

Sphere has set a goal of maximizing the percentage of Sphere Members of Color, gender non-conforming members, and members with disabilities. One of the ways that we achieve this goal is by creating intentional practices. Specifically, Sphere will close registration if the percentage of individuals who do not fall under one of these categories falls below the minimum percentage that Sphere wishes to have.

HIRING

Sphere has set a goal of maximizing the percentage of Sphere Employees from historically marginalized groups (People of color, people with disabilities, and gender non-conforming individuals). In addition, Sphere prioritizes hiring individuals who have grown up in Oakland. Sphere has set the goal of hiring a minimum of 50% People of Color.

DEMOGRAPHIC TRACKING

During the registration process, Sphere asks members to voluntarily report demographic information. In addition, brief surveys are taken at events. This allows staff, and Founders to track whether the diversity goals are being met.

ACCESSIBILITY

Sphere is located in downtown Oakland, just 1 minute away from 12th Street BART and dozens of busses. This helps to minimize barriers to participation resulting from lack of private transportation options. In addition, Sphere has several elevators for full accessibility for people with physical disabilities.

Thank you to East Bay Meditation Center for being our inspiration
and a model for intentional organizational equity practices.

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