Figure It In is here to re-ignite the conscious village-inside of all of us and at all levels of human awareness-that centers, includes, and celebrates diverse voices, and creates a culture of equity and belonging for individuals representing minorities in all non-negotiable identity forms.
This page is also dedicated to the group culture and leadership within Figure It In:
Re-ignite: We understand that racism, amongst other prejudice and oppressive frameworks, is not our first awareness in the world (i.e., racism is learned), and the word Re-ignite helps us remember the younger parts of us of us as human beings, no matter how young, who looked at our world with curiosity and trust. We use this approach to become an inclusive and welcoming space for all perspectives that uplift and amplify diversity in our workplace culture from how we hire to the services we offer.
Center: Using the privilege of an organizational voice, we chose be active learners and keep finding new ways to center around minority voices and hold ourselves to higher than expected standards in modeling a space for new perspectives and uncomfortable conversations.
Include: Beyond actively seeking information on how we can do better as an organization, and listening to feedback on how we organizationally and individually impacting minorities, we choose to apply this learning as an ongoing ritual and create an inclusive culture that dismantles white supremacy values.
From the Figure It In, LLC Founder, Ruth Diaz, Psy.D., LPC:
A friend recently asked me as a public official and lifelong Portlander what my thoughts were on the Portland protests and how I envision the path forward. I thought about the question and arrived at seven key lessons from my observations over the last [months]... To me, whether we seize this moment to make meaningful change, boils down to whether we’re “playing to win” or whether we’re just “playing to not lose.
Figure It In is about figuring diversity in and creating a space for belonging and purposeful relationship in all shapes, forms, colors, and talents. This is a space for us to get into "good trouble" together and learn better ways to hold our growing organization collaborative and accountable practicing our to DEI values.