Diversity Statement

As a non-profit organization founded in ELCA beliefs, Briarwood works to cultivate an open minded environment that perceives human difference as an instrument of unification rather than division. We acknowledge that there are preexisting structures that cause disparity in power dynamics. We plan to continue to educate ourselves and challenge these power dynamics to create an environment where all people feel safe. Most notably, we wish to reach those within communities that have been traditionally marginalized: women, the Latinx community, minority ethnic groups, people within the LGBTQIA+ community, those living in poverty, and those who are differently abled (this is by no means an exhaustive list).