AspenRidge Recovery Stands with the Black Lives Matter Movement
An Open Letter from CEO Ethan Castro
We at AspenRidge believe that systemic racism, sexism, and discrimination against under-represented individuals is inherent in our societal structures and in our organization and that it needs to be immediately addressed. This is a human rights issue and not a political one. We seek to fight individual and systemic injustices where and how we can so as to improve the lives of all those around us, be them teammates, clients, partners, or the community at large.
AspenRidge is taking the following five immediate actions to become a better anti-racist and anti-discrimination organization:
- Black Lives Matter at AspenRidge. To honor this, effective immediately, we will create an ongoing, dedicated BLM Scholarship for an African-American client. The scholarship will be added to our current scholarships at each location, and the application process will be the same. If you’re interested in applying, please send a written story to our Admissions Manager, Erin Greney, at EGreney@aspenridgerecovery.com.
- We’re launching an organization-wide Diversity and Inclusion Committee. This committee will provide thought leadership, ideas and accountability to the organization as it relates to bias, prejudice, and discrimination, including, but not limited to, racism. This committee will meet monthly or quarterly, and the Committee leader will share ideas and feedback directly to the CEO and executive team.
- The goal is for this action to create a string of subsequent actions that help us fight individual and systemic bias, prejudice and discrimination inside and outside of AspenRidge. This group will also help us identify ways to celebrate the great diversity we already have at AspenRidge
- Diversity and Inclusion training for all staff members, as well as for new hires. The goal is to create a safe place for exploration of thoughts and questions around bias, prejudice and discrimination in all its forms.
- Effectively immediately, AspenRidge will vet all vendors and business partners regarding their anti-discrimination and anti-racism policies and actions.
- For current vendors and business partners, if we do not feel that they are sufficiently intentional around how they are addressing discrimination or racism issues, we will move our business elsewhere.
- For all future vendors and business partners, we will ask them how their organization addresses discrimination and racism in its policies and actions. If the vendor represents more than $5,000 in annual business, AspenRidge’s CEO needs to review a summary of the vendor’s policies and actions before any contract is signed.
- We’re purchasing every AspenRidge employee a copy of one of the following books to further the education of our team:
- How to be an anti-racist, by Ibram X. Kendi
- The New Jim Crow, by Michelle Alexander
- Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- So you want to talk about race, by Ijeoma Oluo
- White Fragility, by Robin DiAngelo
- Good White Racist, by Kerry Connelly
- Locking up Our Own, by James Forman
- Microaggressions in Everyday Life, by Derald Wing Sue
We hope these policy changes and solutions will make AspenRidge Recovery a more friendly and tolerant place to work and seek treatment.
CEO, AspenRidge Recovery