Commitment to Equity

Roundhouse Foundation's Commitment to Equity & Stewardship

 

Our work is grounded in a strong sense of place and community, and we deeply value the diversity and multiple perspectives of the people that call our region home.  We cultivate community conditions in which every person feels welcome, included and respected, and our diversity - in race, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship status, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, age and religion - is celebrated as a shared community strength.  Through our work and investments, we build relationships across differences, create opportunities that advance equity, address barriers that prevent people from thriving, and amplify a diversity of voices - so that every one of us can reach our full potential and pursue our hopes and dreams.

 

We aim to improve the health and well-being of people and place by:

  • Leveraging multiple, diverse perspectives to support the long-term resilience of this ecosystem and its people, including the many ways that indigenous peoples continue to shape, create and care for these lands.
  • Engaging students, artists, and community members across generations and with a diversity of lived experiences to explore the interconnection of agricultural practices and land stewardship.
  • Carrying out ecologically and economically resilient activities in order to facilitate their development, replication and implementation in local rural and tribal communities.
  • Joining forces with educators, researchers, tribes and nonprofit partners who bring multiple, diverse perspectives to study our interaction with a biodiverse landscape.
  • Grounding our work, caring for and sharing our region's cultural, historic, and natural resources in a strong sense of place and community.

 

We recognize as we grow our funding region to incorporate all of rural Oregon that tribal communities across this broad region were traditional territories of multiple peoples.  The high desert region, where Roundhouse Foundation office and Pine Meadow Ranch Center for the Arts & Agriculture are located, is the traditional territory of the Wasco, Warm Springs, and Paiute peoples.  Today Warm Springs Country is home to a thriving community recognized as the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs.  As we work to support the long-term resilience of this ecosystem, and its people, we recognize the many ways that indigenous people continue to shape, create, and care for these lands.