Diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA)

San Francisco Zen Center’s Long-term Vision Statement:

We seek to embody diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) throughout San Francisco Zen Center’s teachings, practice, organizational culture, policies, and operations as a manifestation of our vow to awaken together with all beings.

The Diversity, Equity, Inclusivity, and Accessibility (DEIA) Committee is focusing on strategies that will move San Francisco Zen Center toward this vision.

Co-chairs: Linda Galijan and Kristin Diggs

Members of DEIA

Eli Brown-Stevenson, SFZC Work Practice Director
Tendo Chang, Green Gulch Farm Treasurer
Kristin Diggs, Assistant to the SFZC President
Greg Fain, Tassajara Zen Mountain Center Treasurer
Linda Galijan, SFZC President
Tova Green, Branching Streams Liaison and Acting Secretary of SFZC
Hiro Ikushima, Communications Department of SFZC
Yuki Kobiyama, Green Gulch Farm Tenzo
Joe Rodriguez, DEIA Consultant (former Board member/Chair of the Governance Committee)
Furyu Schroeder, Green Gulch Farm Abiding Abbess
David Zimmerman, City Center Abiding Abbot

The three main areas we are focusing on are:

  • Creating training related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility
  • Examining SFZC’s culture and creating strategies to reduce barriers to inclusion
  • Creating infrastructure to support ongoing DEIA work

DEIA has formed five working groups to set objectives and key results in the above areas. We will update this page as our work progresses.

Please direct questions or comments to DEIA@sfzc.org.