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Justice & Equity Center

Justice & Equity Center

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are core values of MidPenn Legal Services (MidPenn) and fundamental to our work. Our goal is to ensure that MidPenn is:

  • an accepting, responsive, safe and fair workplace with a diverse staff at every level;
  • an organization that embraces equity and challenges structures of oppression and other forms of bias, internally and externally, and in partnership with clients, low-income communities, and other allies;
  • an inclusive environment in which all employees are able to perform at our best; feel valued, respected, and motivated; contribute views and ideas for improvement; have professional development, leadership and learning opportunities; and challenge each other to continually build this environment and culture.

DEI Community Allies

As legal advocates representing marginalized populations, it is our duty to stand up against inequity, injustice, and racial disparity. Through our work, we must continue to work to dismantle systems that discriminate against marginalized populations. With your support, we will continue to be social agents of change in promoting justice and equality, both through our legal work and community interactions across our organization.  To donate to MidPenn's Justice & Equity Center click here.

DEI Learning Links

Join MidPenn Legal Services' staff as we continue on our journey by exploring these learning links. New resources will be added each Monday.

  • Poor health literacy has many negative consequences for achieving the quadruple aim of better care, improving the health of the community and the population, providing affordable care, and improving the work life of health care providers, and those consequences disproportionately affect those individuals with disabilities and those who experience health disparities. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Washington, DC had conducted numerous workshops and studies on People Living with Disabilities in regards to health equity, health disparities and health literacy. Please see attached file.

  • From passionate pleas for reform to poetic turns of phrase, these talks take an honest look at everyday realities of Black Americans and illuminate the way forward.

  • In this short documentary, Latinos grapple with defining their ethnic and racial identities. While talking with Latino people we find out the understanding of their personal identity as well as what they deal with in their every day lives. The New York Times

  • This resource provides principles and strategies to ensure the full and sustainable inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities in health policies and laws, programming, services, training programs, research, and funding streams.

  • The Implicit Association Test (IAT) measures attitudes and beliefs that people may be unwilling or unable to report. The IAT may be especially interesting if it shows that you have an implicit attitude that you did not know about.

  • How do generational workforce differences affect our ability to manage people effectively? And what are the traits, beliefs, and life experiences that mark each generation, influencing how they work, communicate, and respond to change?

  • Let’s widen the screen, so we can widen our view of the joy, beauty, and vastness of Black life. See what happens when we're shown the full picture of Black life.

  • Understanding what it is like to be transgender can be hard, especially if you have never met a transgender person.

  • University Chancellor, Susan E. Borrego, reflects on her life as an emancipated minor and dissects the emotionally charged conversation surrounding race relations in the United States. This raconteur uses her powerful first-person account of "White Privilege" and "Black Lives Matter" to underscore the responsibility each one of us has to bring about change.

  • Luvvie Ajayi Jones isn't afraid to speak her mind or to be the one dissenting voice in a crowd, and neither should you. "Your silence serves no one," says the writer, activist and self-proclaimed professional troublemaker. In this bright, uplifting talk, Ajayi Jones shares three questions to ask yourself if you're teetering on the edge of speaking up or quieting down -- and encourages all of us to get a little more comfortable with being uncomfortable.

  • The subject of race can be very touchy. As finance executive Mellody Hobson says, it's a \"conversational third rail.\" But, she says, that's exactly why we need to start talking about it. In this engaging, persuasive talk, Hobson makes the case that speaking openly about race — and particularly about diversity in hiring — makes for better businesses and a better society.

Resources in The Community

  • "The National Equity Atlas was invited into the Lancaster County community in the summer of 2021 to support a collaborative process of asking questions, finding data, and determining ways to create an impact to improve racial equity.

    As a research partnership between PolicyLink and the USC Equity Research Institute, the National Equity Atlas has completed dozens of equity profiles of cities, counties, and regions over the past 10 years and brings deep awareness and commitment to the data and the policy recommendations that can create change. This is the first county wide racial equity profile in Pennsylvania, and our hope is that it will serve as a benchmark to show us where we are as a county and where we can continue to improve."

Our Partners