CBI believes the Charlotte Mecklenburg community will be at its best when all individuals and identity groups are valued and treated with respect. Identity groups are composed of individuals who share common characteristics such as race, economic status, sexual orientation, age, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, ethnicity, religious background, or physical ability.
Charlotte Mecklenburg will be inclusive when all individuals and identity groups feel welcomed and are welcomed to participate fully in the political, legal, social and cultural life of this community.
CBI believes our community will be equitable when all individuals and identity groups have equal rights under the law, access to livelihood, education, healthcare, and other resources and when life outcomes are not predictable on the basis of identity.
CBI recognizes that historical and contemporary power structures have created disproportionate opportunities and barriers, at times over-advantaging some identities and under-advantaging others. We are committed to engaging and transforming individuals and organizations that are knowingly, or unknowingly, perpetuating these inequitable power structures.