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Equity at CSD

We believe in working towards an equitable and just world. We understand that this begins with an individual and collective effort to dismantle structural oppression and systems. This begins with our daily actions, and at CSD, we are committed to learning, listening, and pushing for progress over the long term.

Why Equity Matters

At CSD, we’re not just a deaf organization – we’re a people organization. Our goal is to improve people’s lives. Since our very first beginnings in a broom closet office in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, our goal has been to connect people so that they can thrive, together. In this spirit, we believe that it is our responsibility to ensure equity for everyone.

We are unwavering in our resolve to build an equitable world and see people thrive in the context of their varied identities across race, disability, gender, age, religion, identity, and experience.

We’re doing our best to get it right, even though we know we may get it wrong at times. We’re out to transform ourselves, our community, and our world, even though we know lasting change takes time.

Read on to learn how we’re doing the work. We invite you to join us on our journey.

Who We Are

Here’s who we are, today. Visit our careers page for an opportunity to become a part of our tomorrow.

CSD Overall

CSD National

CSD Call Centers

85
%
Female
23.1
%
Male
White
46.6%
Black / African American
28.3%
Hispanic & Latino
12.8%
Two + Races
4.9%
Asian
2.6%
American Indian or Alaska Native
0.6%
Native Hawaiian / Pacific Islander
0.2%
53
%
Female
47
%
Male
White
69.7%
Black / African American
7.6%
Asian
6.1%
Two + Races
6.1%
Hispanic & Latino
3%
American Indian or Alaska Native
1.5%
Native Hawaiian / Pacific Islander
0%
77.1
%
Female
21.9
%
Male
White
45.2%
Black / African American
30.4%
Hispanic & Latino
13.1%
Two + Races
4.6%
Asian
2.4%
American Indian or Alaska Native
0.6%
Native Hawaiian / Pacific Islander
0.2%
The CSD Board of Directors has an Equity Committee that oversees our overall equity efforts. Our Internal and External Working Groups, which are made up of diverse CSD team members, help guide our priorities and work. Our Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Employee Resource Groups for both ASL and non-ASL users, are a safe place for our BIPOC employees.

Our Main Areas of Focus

Discrimination 
and Racial Inequity

The social systems we live in actively marginalize and oppress Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) individuals. We’re educating ourselves on how we contribute to these systems, and how we can change for the better.

BLACK LIVES MATTER

Read Ceo Chris Soukup's statement on Black Lives Matter 

Juneteenth

Earlier this year, CSD commemorated Juneteenth as a “day on” – a day of learning, listening, and celebration.
Find more information and resources on our blog.

Access to Language and Communication

Far too many deaf and hard of hearing individuals go through life with limited access to language and communication. It’s time to make sure that ALL individuals have the language foundation and communication tools needed to succeed.

Digital Divide

More than ever, we learn, socialize, and look for work online. Yet many households still do not have reliable internet access or enough devices for everyone. We’re getting people connected.

#thisisCSD. Join us.

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