We gather in our diversity to challenge ourselves and our communities to love one another.

We gather together in our diversity to listen to and speak our respective truths.

We have everyone’s uniqueness, talent and gifts engaging people so they feel free to speak openly about issues and concerns.

We gather our diversity to celebrate our varied histories, cultures, and triumphs.


“Diversity and inclusivity in an organization cannot be accomplished in an unstructured and informal manner. Creating the enterprise necessitates a responsive, comprehensive, and effective methodology developed specifically for creating process innovation and lasting organizational transformation. The goal is not to engage in a series of unrelated activities and or quick fixes. Rather the goal is to create a process, which would transform the organizational structure and become a part of day-to-day operations”

(Catholic Charities USA)

CCS/CHS Employee Pledge

CCS is committed to making our services, our agencies and our communities free of the divisive and dehumanizing ravages of racism. To live out this commitment every employee is expected to pledge the following:
I will not tolerate attitudes, behaviors, or statements that alienate, offend or injure any person associated with CCS because of their racial or ethnic origin;

I will enable and support all efforts to become aware of and eliminate racism and racist behaviors within CCS and the broader community;

I will take exceptional steps to identify and root out such biases, especially where there appear to be long-standing, institutional patterns of unacceptable behavior or lack of performance.

CCS is committed to employing staff that reflect the diversity of the regional population. Professional Ethics, Mission Orientation, and Cultural Competency trainings are required of all employees to assist the organization in meeting its commitments in this arena.


MAT Leadership Team Members

Shanika Parker, Jose Uriarte, Albert Green and Quilla Copeland

Margaret Boddie, Josephine Tamayo Murray, David Beke, Courtney Smith and Ellen Hegenauer

Events and Activities

On November 4, 2016, CCS/CHS’ MAT celebrated Native American Heritage Month! The celebration included reflections and sharing by elders and members of the Yakama/Quinault Nation and the Colville Tribe, a video presentation, “Defending the Sacred – Native American Resiliency at Standing Rock” and a Blessing Ceremony. Below are some photos from the event.



In Honor of Native American and First Nation’s Heritage and History, MAT Recommends the following: Price Paid: The Fight for First Nations Survival by award winning author Bev Sellars.

Price Paid untangles truth from some of the myths about First Nations and addresses misconceptions still widely believed today. The book begins with glimpses of foods, medicines, and cultural practices North America’s indigenous peoples have contributed to the rest of the world. It documents the dark period of regulation by racist laws during the twentieth century, and then discusses new emergence in the twenty-first century into a re-establishment of Indigenous land and resource rights. The result is a candidly told personal take on the history of Aboriginal rights in Canada and Canadian history told from a First Nations point of view.
Click here to learn more about the book and author Bev Sellars.

If you would like to host a CCS/CHS Reads lunch and book discussion in your area, please contact Margaret Boddie.


Here are some other highly recommended books that explore diversity. Books with stories about the Native American experience are highlighted.

African American, African

  • A Little Yellow Dog by Walter Mosley
  • Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
  • Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  • Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  • Kindred by Octavia Butler
  • Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
  • Native Son by Richard Wright
  • Proud Shoes: The Story of an American Family by Pauli Murray
  • Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

Asian American, Asian

  • (The) Bonesetter’s Daughter by Amy Tan
  • Evidence Not Seen: A Woman’s Miraculous Faith in the Jungles of WWII by Darlene Deibler Rose
  • (The) Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
  • Honolulu by Alan Brennert
  • Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
  • Moloka’i by Alan Brennert
  • Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford
  • (The) Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan
  • When the Elephants Dance by Tess Uriza Holthe
  • The Valley of Amaxement by Amy Tan
European American, European
  • Children in the Holocaust and World War II by Lauren Holliday
  • Evidence Not Seen: A Woman’s Miraculous Faith in the Jungles of WWII by Darlene Deibler Rose
  • (The) History of White People by Nell Irvin Painter
  • How the Irish Became White by Noel Ignatiev
  • Mary Coin by Marisa Silver
  • (The) Nazis Next Door: How America Became a Safe Haven for Hitler’s Men by Eric Lichtblau
  • Savage Continent by Keith Lowe
 Filipino American
  • Dream Jungle by Jessica Hagedorm
  • When the Elephants Dance by Tess Uriza Holthe
  Jewish American, Jewish
  • Children in the Holocaust and World War II by Lauren Holliday
  • I Am Forbidden by Anouk Markovits
  • Moonlight on the Avenue of Faith by Gina B. Nahai
  • (The) Nazis Next Door:How America Became a Safe Haven for Hitler’s Men by Eric Lichtblau
  • Savage Continent by Keith Lowe
 Hispanic/Latino/Latina American
  • Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolpho Anaya
  • Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies: Migrant Farmworkers in the United States by Seth Holmes
 Middle Eastern American, Middle Eastern
  • Moonlight on the Avenue of Faith by Gina B. Nahai

Native American/American Indian, Alaska Native American, First Nation

  • (The) Blessing Way by Tony Hillerman
  • Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Buffy Sainte-Marie
  • Daughters Are Forever by Lee Maracle
  • Daughters of the Earth by Carolyn Niethammer
  • Extraordinary Acts of Native Life on the West Coast by Kathryn Bridge
  • Mary Coin by Marisa Silver
  • Yellow Woman and a Beauty of the Spirit by Leslie Marmon Silko
  • The Way to Rainy Mountain by N. Scott Momaday
  • There There by Tommy Orange
  • Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot

Pacific Islander, Hawaiian American

  • Honolulu by Alan Brennert
  • Moloka’i by Alan Brennert

Southeast Asian American

  • (The) Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee
  • (The) Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri


  • 7 Men and the Secret of Their Greatness by Eric Metaxas


  • Moloka’i by Alan Brennert
  • No Language but a Cry by Dr. Richard Anthony D’Ambrosio
  • Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford

Community Partners

Click here to visit the
El Centro de la Raza website.

Click here to visit the United Indians of
All Tribes Foundation website

Click here to visit the First Place website