Our Commitments to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The TRAILS mission and model are rooted in the knowledge that inequities in health and education disproportionately impact students of color. We’ve identified key priorities to guide our work in the years to come.

In 2022-2024, TRAILS will:


Develop organizational goals that center diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).


Develop a strategic plan to ensure our organizational culture and climate are conducive to recruiting and retaining diverse talent. Increase diversity of our staff, leadership, and board members to reflect the school communities with whom we work.


Engage in ongoing program evaluation and quality improvement activities that disaggregate our data by race/ethnicity. Analysis of this data will inform modifications to our programming and implementation model to promote equitable access and outcomes for all students.


Focus on ensuring that TRAILS programming is representative of, responsive to, and impactful for the students we aim to serve. This work will be supported by the continuation of our DEI Workgroup, which evaluates DEI in both the design and content of all TRAILS program materials using a novel, 9-indicator rubric.

These 9 indicators are:

  1. Race / Ethnicity
  2. Gender identity / Sexual orientation
  3. Depictions of persons with disabilities
  4. Accessibility
  5. Inclusivity / Ability
  6. Language
  7. Resource Equity
  8. Multiple delivery and engagement methods
  9. Relevance