Together, we are the Homelessness Advocacy, Research, and Collaboration (HARC) Lab at DePaul University. We address issues faced by people without access to stable housing. We acknowledge that racism, economic injustice, and oppression drive housing inequity. As university members, we recognize the need to create a learning space that is safe and accessible to all. Thus, the HARC Lab commits to demonstrating principles of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Accessibility, and Anti-Racism (DEIAA). It is our mission to live out these values in meaningful ways. We aim to contribute to structural change within and outside of the university.
All members of our team had the chance to contribute to this statement and vote on its approval. We understand that our stated values are not an endpoint. Rather, they are our guiding framework. We know this work requires continuous, active engagement. It requires a willingness to critically self-reflect and enact meaningful change. In parallel, we consider this a living document that we will update and revise annually with all members of our team as we continue to grow.