At the beginning of 2021 a subcommittee underneath the Advocacy Committee was convened to work on drafting new Mission, Vision, and Values Statements as well as a Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion (DEAI) Statement for the National EMP Network. This goal of this subcommittee was to create and publicize statements that clearly define what the mission of this organization is, what our vision is for this community in the future, what core values we share and what DEAI principles and practices we will act upon.
As these statements all articulate community values it was an essential aspect of the project to seek community input so that they more fully represented the NEMPN membership. To that end the subcommittee process was to draft the statements, seek approval from the NEMPN board, present the statements back to the EMP community for feedback, and to then incorporate that feedback into the final statements. EMP community members were invited to provide their feedback on the drafted statements through a Google Form, through 1 on 1 meetings with the subcommittee, through our Facebook Group, and through a Public Forum.
The subcommittee was chaired by National EMP Network board member Jesse Dutton-Kenny (firstname.lastname@example.org) and included members Petra Brown, Heidi Schureck, Amelia Whitehead, and Madeline Burkhardt. You can read the National EMP Network’s new Mission, Vision, and Values statements and you can read our Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion statement.