Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging
As a children’s emotional learning brand, we pledge to examine everything we do through the lens of equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging.
First, we start with ourselves, upholding our value that change starts from within. Self-work is encouraged through internal learning, courageous conversations, and open lines of feedback. As a company, we also look at data and the way policies impact some differently than others.
Then we turn outward, putting the same lens on our growing collection of books, our SEL curriculum for educators, and the conversations we spark on Slumberkins Social. When it comes to our products and content, we are committed to the research and expansion of topics to ensure every child has access to stories that are culturally relevant to their lived experiences.
In the world of emotional learning, our lived experiences are everything. When the identities we hold and the relationships, communities, and institutions we are a part of intersect, this may support or create barriers to our sense of belonging and emotional wellbeing. That said, we pledge to approach our work with nuance as we meet children and their families where they are.
Lastly, we acknowledge that a statement, social media post, partnership, or donation is a small step at best and performative at worst. We will hold ourselves accountable for our impact when we mess up. We will continue to center the voices of those who have been traditionally silenced or forgotten and uphold a space where everyone can express their thoughts and feelings.
This poem by our Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Manager Krista Olson captures the essence of our work and the responsibility we have for one another’s liberation.
At Slumberkins, we value feedback and constructive criticism as vital parts of our growth. When you see an area of opportunity for our company, we invite you to email Krista at [email protected], so we can talk personally. We believe collaboration and connection are the only ways to create real and lasting change, so we ask that you also communicate with us with respect and dignity.