Racial Equity Statement

Hugo House commits to work toward racial equity at all levels of our organization.

Our staff and board see this long-term commitment as essential to carrying out our mission and enabling all writers to add their voices to the human story. Hugo House recognizes the historical inequities in access to literary opportunities for people of color.

We need to increase awareness and learn from engagement with the broader community in order to develop goals and strategies to expand racial diversity and inclusion. We regard racial equity as a top priority, one that is essential to our progress and growth.

The Hugo House Board has formed a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee, comprising community members and staff as well as board members. The committee is advising on the implementation of the strategic plan and how Hugo House will better serve communities of color and promote racial equity through programming; board, staff, and faculty composition; and community outreach.

The work of racial equity will be an ongoing process requiring many conversations and an investment of significant time and resources.

Updated and amended from May 2019 version by DEI committee
Adopted by the Hugo House Board of Directors
May 5, 2020