Our Mission

Unite, Strengthen, and Affirm the Community

 

The Stonewall Alliance center is committed to cultivating a safe, open, inclusive environment for all members of the LGBTQ+ and ally community. Stonewall Alliance unites, strengthens, and affirms the community through support, resources, education, advocacy, and celebration.

Our Spring 2019 Interns and Staff enjoying a goodbye lunch as our interns move on to bigger and brighter opportunities.

Our Spring 2019 Interns and Staff enjoying a goodbye lunch as our interns move on to bigger and brighter opportunities.

OUR STORY

The Stonewall Alliance of Chico is a non-profit agency serving the Northern Sacramento Valley of California. We have an eleven-seat Board of Directors and a variety of volunteer and staff positions. Committees for fundraising, programming, policy, and audit are all staffed by board members, program staff, and community members. An executive committee, composed of the board officers, performs the chief executive functions of the organization.

We know that too often Two-Spirit, Trans*, Gender Non-Conforming, Intersex, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Asexual and Queer people face discrimination and rejection because of who they love. The Stonewall Alliance Center exists to provide a connection to community in an effort to lessen isolation of, strengthen the spirit of, and give voice to the disenfranchised. Our philosophy involves the simple concept that labels are only valuable when they are self-applied. We accept and acknowledge the labels, or lack thereof, you apply to yourself. For young people with questions, it is critical that understanding comes before labels. The Stonewall Alliance Center straddles the junction between personal identity and community. Our success and our strength as an organization are due to the support of our community. Feel free to explore our site and learn about the services offered by The Center. In the menu bar, you will find categories which identify The Center’s services. We appreciate your interest and support in our efforts.



Stonewall Alliance of Chico Values

Respect: We provide a workplace, service, and learning environment where individuality is seen as strength and all people are treated with fairness and dignity. As an organization we are trusted as an expert in the field. As representatives of Stonewall, we present ourselves with integrity and credibility. We strive continuously educate our staff, interns and volunteers to affirm all identities.

Healthy Communication: We strive to use thoughtful, honest communication in all our interactions with others. This means being aware of the impact of our words and actions beyond their intent, actively participating to ensure clarity in conversations, recognizing when harm is caused, and listening to feedback to integrate new behaviors and practices. We strive communicate intentionally while being mindful of any potential bias or assumptions. We will recognize when harm is caused by listening to feedback and integrating new behaviors.

Accountability: We make choices about our actions and reactions by embracing vulnerability and accepting feedback. We act with integrity towards advancing Stonewall’s mission. It takes personal responsibility for an ongoing process of self-education and coalition building, as well as understanding and acknowledging privilege and oppression.

An Environment that Promotes Learning & Growth: We promote learning and growth by creating safe spaces that welcome curiosity and allow for mistakes. Holding ourselves accountable and accepting feedback allow us to reflect and grow authentically. People are given the chance to learn without judgment. We recognize that it is more helpful to call people in than to call them out.

Intersectionality: We commit ourselves to be intersectional in our approach and spaces, to examine and address all forms of oppression in our work and community. We respect and value each individual’s unique experiences while remaining humble and willing to learn about new perspectives. We prioritize and value the leadership of those people and communities most impacted by oppression.

Commitment to Social Justice: The Stonewall Alliance Center works to confront systems of oppression and the cultural and institutional barriers based on racial, ethnic, gender, class, sexuality, ability, age, immigration status, and other differences. We acknowledge privilege and work to provide more inclusive, accessible, supportive and collective spaces.  

Collaboration and Interdependence: We grow as a team through working with each other and the public. We create and maintain alliances and partnerships in order to build more accepting communities.We value practices of care for ourselves, each other, and our community, and recognize the ways in which we all depend on each other.

Gratitude: We intentionally acknowledge and honor the efforts of our staff, board, volunteers, and community. By expressing gratitude, we actively work to foster mutual trust within our community by continuously nurturing and strengthening our relationships.