Anti-racism Statement of Intent
The Oasis logo, the ‘circle of inclusion’, symbolises our inclusive ethos. It demands that we do better and do more to break the cycle of racial prejudice and institutional inequality which is endemic in our society. We know that we have an important part to play in dismantling the systems that create and sustain discrimination wherever they exist within Oasis and within society.
We are a community transformation movement and organisation made up of many thousands of students, residents, community members, staff, volunteers and activists, and our ethos is a commitment to achieving radical inclusion, justice, and equity. As a movement, large employer, family of schools, and provider of community and housing services, we know we must use our voice together to speak out proactively for a more just and inclusive world.
In who we are and in what we do, we seek to be inclusive of all – people of all faiths (and none), disabilities, class, economic means, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation. This is rooted in a deep understanding of our Christian story, that God is love, does not discriminate, but views all of us as different but equal, with rich diversity, and with equal value.
Our vison and our responsibility is therefore not simply to be non-racist, but to become actively and visibly anti-racist. We must work against the multidimensional injustices of racism, promote values of equality, equity, and social justice, challenge the power of oppression, provide equitable opportunities for all people on an individual and systemic level, and make sure that any marginalised groups have representation and are able to influence decision-making through everything that we do. We have to ensure that every Oasis space – every school, home, community programme or global campaign – is safe for all, is built on a culture of inclusion and creates room for open and honest conversation, where we listen to one another and where we hear all voices.
Our plan of action
We recognise that words are not enough on their own and actions speak louder than words. We acknowledge where we need to make changes – the need to listen to, hear and value all voices within our movement; the need to remove any overt and subtle systems that reduce opportunity or act as barriers to achievement, leadership, or service; and the need to ensure we are an organisation and movement that is continually learning how to become ever more inclusive. We therefore commit to take action in the following areas and through our Break the Cycle campaign (this is not an exhaustive list and simply represents the areas that we are working towards to becoming an anti-racist organisation):
Culture and learning
We will learn together about identity, inclusion, bias, racism and becoming anti-oppressive. In particular we will educate and equip people across our movement to understand our core story of inclusion and justice and to change culture by putting this story into practice. We will embed development opportunities that promote understanding of identity, cultural competence, constructive dialogue, and anti-oppressive practice based around our in-depth and unique character formation approach, the Oasis 9 Habits. We will encourage all those who are part of the Oasis movement to take individual responsibility for their actions and learning, as well as committing to make change together.
We will build systems to ensure that all voices are listened to and heard, and that we can engage in respectful, open, and honest dialogue together. In particular we will actively encourage the development of integrated and creative staff networks across our entire education, community, housing, and justice teams; we are developing a community movement forum made up of volunteers, parents, residents, and community members which will meet regularly with our Boards and senior staff team; and we will develop rich opportunities for youth voice and activism. We will develop approaches that increase diversity and representation at all levels and particularly in decision making spaces. We will actively create opportunities for overlapping forms of inclusion (e.g., anti-racism, anti-homophobia, gender equality) to be better understood and integrated.