Taliesin Preservation aims to converge around architecture, nature, agriculture, and culture, and is dedicated to increasing inclusiveness and diversity within these disciplines, our audiences, and our teams. We believe that by embracing a range of perspectives and ideas, we can offer more authentic experiences.
While we were anxious to leap to action, we recognized that we were all at a different point in our understanding of systemic racism, making learning and reflection the right place to start. Our year-round staff participates in Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Sustainability (IDEAS) conversations. The team meets for discussion and devotes time to completing assignments, including readings, exercises, videos, and exploring bias tests. Our goal is to reach a common understanding of the language and issues, develop an organizational IDEAS commitment, and develop actionable steps.
Our staff and departments are working on setting Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Bound (SMART) goals related to considering IDEAS principles in their work. We continue to update our HR policies and hiring practices to be more inclusive and equitable. We are studying our history and reflecting on ways to tell our stories with more balance and acknowledgment of historical wrongs. The process does not end here with a public statement. We are committed to continuing to cultivate a place that is rooted in equity. Change takes time and work, but it is work worth doing.