Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

How we want CISBF to look, feel and work

“A growing body of research shows that diversity in schools and communities can be a powerful lever leading to positive outcomes in school and in life.”       – U.S. Department of Education

At CISBF, it is important we represent the students and families we serve.  We are committed to create a workplace that is inclusive of everyone, where every person can be their authentic self, and where that authenticity is celebrated as a strength. CISBF is an equal opportunity employer. We recruit, employ, train, compensate and promote regardless of age, race, creed, gender, religion, marital status, veteran’s status, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation.  CISBF’s dedication to promoting diversity, multiculturalism, and inclusion is clearly reflected across our agency. Diversity, equity & inclusion is more than a commitment at CISBF—it is the foundation of what we do.

Diversity means understanding that each individual is unique, and recognizing our individual differences. These can be along the dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, or other ideologies.



Equity is the fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for all people, while at the same time striving to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented the full participation of some groups.




Inclusion is the act of creating environments in which any individual or group can be and feel welcomed to participate while being respected, supported, and valued.



In the community, we love to partner with organizations and businesses who promote equity around issues of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, or other ideologies.  Please review the Downloads section below for local Benton-Franklin fact sheets on youth risk and youth suicide.  Feel free to email us at info@cisbf.org to inquire how you can make an impact on the lives of the youth we serve!

LGBTQIA+ Information & Resources for Educators, Parents/Guardians, Advocates & Youth:






The majority of young people spend many of their waking hours at school, surrounded by teachers, administrators, and peers who often have different views and opinions than they do. For LGBTQIA+ youth in particular, school can be a tricky place to explore who they are and how they identify, especially if they face harassment, discrimination, or a lack of resources. The Trevor Project is available to offer nonjudgmental support to all LGBTQIA+ young people who may be in crisis, or need immediate help. You are not alone; click here!