Who We Are

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging

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Fraser was founded as a school for children with disabilities, at a time when people with disabilities were often institutionalized and very rarely educated. Since 1935, the organization has strived to support people of all abilities. We are also committed to creating a more inclusive and equitable world for people of all races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, economic backgrounds, genders and religions.

The Fraser Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) Committee was created to further these goals and to support our Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) staff. We want our BIPOC staff to feel represented, supported and heard within the organization. We also strive to provide the individuals and families we serve with culturally responsive healthcare tailored to their individual needs.

What does Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Mean?

Diversity is having difference. Equity creates programs, policies and other opportunities that provide equal outcomes and challenge the status quo by using a growth mindset. Equity ensures that all people and employees are valued for their authentic selves. Inclusion is ensuring that people feel a sense of belonging and employees feel comfortable, safe and supported by their organization. Having a sense of belonging is the feeling that one is respected and valued in a given context or space.

Inclusion, belonging and true diversity are not possible without equity.

Cultural Sensitivity

Fraser is also committed to cultural sensitivity. Cultural sensitivity provides us with knowledge and awareness of other groups of individuals and their experiences. Having this knowledge and respect helps break down barriers, professionally and personally. Making way for new perspectives and ideas creates a more innovative and collaborative environment.

Person-Centered Therapy

Fraser believes in person-centered therapy. A person-centered therapy approach is an empathetic approach that empowers and motivates the individuals we serve, by meeting them where they are, with respect and awareness of their individual experiences. When a therapist understands an individual’s lived experience, they’re better equipped to provide care rooted in who the person is and what they have experienced.

Fraser Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Work

The Fraser DEIB Committee has created and been involved in:
  • Organization-wide training to increase knowledge and understanding on diversity and inclusion topics
  • Resources and information for staff to continue their education
  • Adding an accessibility widget to Fraser.org
  • Providing insight during the interview process to encourage more inclusion and equity in hiring
  • Partnering with the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community and Native American Community Clinic (NACC) to provide prioritized access to neuropsychology evaluations and therapies. The evaluations help children qualify and receive needed services and supports at school.

The DEIB Committee is working to further these long-term goals at Fraser:
  • Provide care that supports the diverse individuals and families we serve
  • Support families who have experienced historic trauma and ongoing trauma due to systematic racism