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Posted September 30, 2005
MAVIN FOUNDATION ANNOUCES NEW MISSION WITH AN EMPHASIS ON "BUILDING
(Seattle) Last week, MAVIN announced a 15-week roll-out
of exciting organizational news, as part of our organizational
assessment and strategic planning process.
Since an organization's mission statement is the arbiter against which
all its activities are measured, it should accurately reflect the organization's
essence and priorities. After considerable discussion and input, we
are excited to announce our new mission statement:
MAVIN Foundation builds healthy communities that celebrate and
empower mixed heritage people and families.
Now, let's dissect it!
This simple statement reflects the Board and staff's opinion that a
healthy community for mixed heritage and transracially adopted people
requires an active process of networking individuals and developing
a solid infrastructure. A community's health can be measured in many
ways, including its physical, mental and structural integrity.
In addition, the plural "communities" reflects
MAVIN's commitment to supporting the myriad ethnic and affinity communities
that our members also claim. "We don't see our work in isolation
from the social and racial justice efforts of other organizations,"
says MAVIN founder/president Matt Kelley. "We will continue to
work with them to ensure that we are advocates for each other."
MAVIN Foundation's new Community
MAP project already works with a diverse cross-section of communities
to develop infrastructure that supports mixed heritage people and families.
When choosing the verbs that would best honor MAVIN's history and future
plans, Alfredo Padilla, project manager for MAVIN's Campus
Awareness+Compliance Initiative, summed up his priorities for the
mission, "It's important that MAVIN's mission makes people feel
good about our community and about their personal identification. I
want it to convey a feeling of joy and excitement."
MAVIN has a long history of creating community by celebrating mixed
experiences through our magazine
and events. We also have developed a track
record of empowering our constituency through skills-building student
retreats, our internship program,
and through our efforts to change data collection techniques that require
us to "mark only one race."
Our advocacy efforts in front of Congress and through the media
has also empowered our constituency. The Board and staff felt that both
words played a critical role in building healthy communities.
Finally, the new mission statement replaces "mixed race" with
"mixed heritage." This reflects our desire to employ inclusive
language that better reflected the diversity of multiracial, multiethnic,
and transracial adoption experiences.
Of course, a mission statement is just words that rely on action and
results to back it up. Consistent with our track record of results,
however, MAVIN Foundation is 100% committed to building communities
that celebrate and empower mixed heritage people and families! We look
forward to working with you to make this a reality!
For more information, contact Matt here
or call 206 622 7101.
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