Statement from Dayle Steinberg, Board Chair, PPPA
For Immediate Release: Nov. 30, 2020
“Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania Advocates (PPPA) is not immune to the systemic racism that permeates our society. We are committed to racial equity and an inclusive environment for all who work on behalf of our mission and take the PPPA staff’s charges of racism and inequity seriously. PPPA reaffirms its commitment to end implicit bias and structural racism within our organization at all levels.”
As part of PPPA’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion work, the board of directors will work closely with the senior leadership team to immediately launch a deep examination of the issues raised in the November 25 open letter. PPPA commits to the following actions:
Invest resources in long-term anti-racist training for the board of directors, executive director and the senior leadership team;
Conduct an audit of all external and internal communications materials and establish an internal committee for review; and
Review the hiring practices and ongoing training for staff.
“Our nation’s history of structural racism, including reproductive oppression and implicit bias, impacts all of our institutions. We have to continuously and strenuously challenge this in our own organizations and our own leadership, take responsibility for the things we need to change, and improve. PPPA’s investment in that work will continue.”