Help us craft our Code of Conduct

Posted by Laine Kuehn on Tuesday, August 17 2021


View the collaborative document and discussion space here: Network Review - Code of Conduct

The Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation is currently developing a Code of Conduct, which establishes norms and expectations for participation in virtual and in-person communication and events sponsored by the foundation. A code of conduct reflects our mission, vision, and values, provides clear guidance to staff, trustees, network members, and event attendees for what to expect within foundation spaces, and establishes methods for escalation and resolution of conflicts. Our commitment to advancing social equity means eliminating opportunities for white supremacy, harassment, intimidation, and other harmful behaviors to emerge or take root in our community spaces. A good code of conduct will provide the transparency and structure required to ensure all members of the network are adequately heard, supported, and welcomed. 

We wish to prioritize the timely implementation of a well-researched draft while thoughtfully inviting discussion and revisions by the Switzer Network community. To that end, we welcome all members of the network to review the document, leave comments, and offer their suggestions for revisions using this collaborative workspace or via email. The 2021 Switzer Fellows will have the opportunity to review this document at their fall retreat gathering and the Fellows Advisory Committee will review it as well.

We recognize that effectively implementing a code of conduct will require staff and designated network members to receive continuing education in conflict resolution and transformative justice. The foundation commits to provide access to training resources, and we appreciate suggestions from members of the network regarding excellent individuals and organizations offering such services.  

Thank you for your review and input on this important document for our community. This code is meant to meet the needs of the network; we look forward to your input. Please feel free to contact Laine if you have questions or suggestions outside of the collaborative document.

View the collaborative document and discussion space here: Network Review - Code of Conduct


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