Land Acknowledgement & Commitment
We wish to acknowledge and honor the Indigenous communities native to this region and recognize that Sound Generations is built on Indigenous homelands and resources. We recognize the Duwamish People, peoples who have reserved treaty rights to this land, past and present and honor with gratitude the land itself, the Duwamish Tribe and our indigenous neighbors the Suquamish, Nisqually, Snoqualmie, and Muckleshoot Tribes, for their enduring care and protection of our shared lands and waterways.
We are dedicated to centering Indigenous voices & perspectives, improving community relationships, correcting the narrative, and making the Sound Generations campus a more supportive and inclusive place for Native and Indigenous volunteers, community members & staff. We encourage everyone to engage with contemporary communities, to learn the histories of this land, to look at who has and does not have access to its resources, and to examine your own place, abilities, and obligations within this process of reparative work that is necessary to promote a more equitable and socially just Sound Generations.
At Sound Generations we embrace the belief that racial and other social identities should be respected and affirmed. We are continuously building a team of staff, board members, and volunteers who are culturally responsive and committed to addressing institutionalized racism and other forms of oppression.
How Our Mission Moves Us
The mission of Sound Generations directs us to combat the inequities of aging providing accessible, essential, and inclusive services to support people through their life’s journey.
Equity & Inclusion Organizational Vision
We strive to foster a responsive, multigenerational community that collaborates and fulfills the diverse and changing needs of everyone as we age.
Our New Values
Sound Generations has established six new values that align with the organization’s overall mission and vision. Our values involve working across departments to focus on advancing Diversity, Equity & Inclusion:
- Service Minded
- Foster Community
- Uphold DEI
- Lead with Compassion
- Embrace Collaboration
We believe everyone deserves access to resources for their changing needs. Service is at the core of everything we do and we strive to create a more inclusive and accessible opportunities for older adults and out community to participate in.
We strive to engage others with warmth, openness, and hospitality. We embrace inclusion and seek to create connections through our commitment to foster a multigenerational community.
We embrace the work that prompts us to create a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive community. When we do this, it creates fulfillment, value, and everyone is seen.
Lead with Compassion
We expect all interactions, whether with a partner agency, a funder, or a participant, to reflect our compassion. We treat everyone as an individual worthy of our time and care and actively create spaces for others to show up as their authentic selves.
Meeting the needs of people aging in place requires understanding the shifts and unforeseen challenges they face, then innovating and adjusting to find the right solution. We are at our best when a situation requires us to work together and act where we can have the greatest impact for our participants.
The impact we have on every life we touch is what makes our work continue. That impact is increased when we use our experience to inform our actions, when we act in alignment with our mission, and when we hold each other accountable for achieving our goals.
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee
The DEI Committee works to integrate best practices for diversity, equity, and inclusion into policies and programs. The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee serves as an advisory body to the Leadership Teams. The DEI Committee will provide research, recommendations, event support, and policy guidance to the SG leadership as requested and as outlined in the DEI Committee annual work plan.
Diverse Observance Learning Sessions
In the United States, there are a number of celebrations held each month to acknowledge various historic events and figures from ethnic and marginalized groups. These celebrations serve as an opportunity to educate others on the contributions of various individuals and communities to U.S. History. At Sound Generations, we’ve created this section to recognize some of the heritage months with resources and information on how to celebrate each. This list is not exhaustive nor inclusive of every possible observance.
Filing a Complaint
Sound Generations is committed to ensuring that no person is excluded from participation in or denied the benefits of its services on the basis of race, color, or national origin, as protected by Title VI in Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Circular 4702.1.B. If you believe you have been subjected to discrimination under Title VI, you may file a complaint.
- Title VI Statement and Public Notice
- Title VI, ADA, and General Complaint Form (PDF)
- Online Complaint Form