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PEAR Recruitment

We are seeking community members to join our PEAR Advisory Team. This team will:

  • Participate in virtual meetings.
  • Engage in open discussions and provide candid feedback on our plans and strategies.
  • Advise our internal PEAR team on decision-making and strategic planning.
  • Review quarterly performance measures.

For more information, visit our Pro-Equity Anti-Racism (PEAR) webpage to learn about our efforts and watch our PEAR Executive Statement. Please contact us if you are interested in joining.

Equity Impact Assessment Process


Scope the reach, intensity, and duration of the proposed action.

Analyze & Partner

Analyze equity conditions and partner with community.


Co-create and partner in decision-making (design, planning, and implementation) with employees and/or communities impacted by the proposed action (e.g., plans, policies, and practices).


Are we staying connected (e.g., communicating, engaging, assessing efficacy) in the advancement of pro-equity anti-racism with the employees and/or communities impacted by the proposed action?


Commit to equitable lean continuous improvement that tracks agency data in performance measured outcomes.

Team Participation

We are committed to providing a safe environment for our discussions. These techniques help provide the safety of structure so you can be yourself while engaging in learning and discussion with others.

You are where you are

Each of you brings unique experiences, perspectives, and ideas. No one expects you to have all the answers. Learn to be comfortable with very different experiences, perspectives, and ideas.

You are here to teach and to learn

Great leaders are great teachers, & great teachers are great learners. Strive for a lifelong commitment to cultural learning. Don't be afraid to respectfully challenge one another by asking questions. Try to challenge the idea, not the individual.

Everyone teaches and everyone learns

Be open to receiving feedback or being respectfully challenged by others. Take good care of yourself in the moment: it is okay to delay or exit a discussion.

Listen more than you talk

Listening well is a vital part of teaching and learning. Your biggest learnings most often come when your mouth is closed, not open. Allow everyone the chance to speak. Seek first to understand, then to be understood.

Avoid judging people

Learners are striving to learn about deeper issues. Avoid assumptions about individuals based on generalizations about groups. Avoid speculation, inflammatory language, and blame.

Bring empathy, grace, and confidentiality

Mistakes will be made, acknowledge, and learn from them, as much of this journey requires learning through iterations of growth and failure.

Take a mindfulness pause before responding

Mindfulness puts us back in choice. This quote captures it best: "Between the stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom." (B.F. Skinner)

Participation Guidelines for Empathetic Dialogues (Provided by the Washington DEI Empowerment Conference)