Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Belonging
Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Belonging
Capstone is passionate about inclusivity, equity, and accessibility for the benefit of all children. As a creator of content for children, we embrace our responsibility to celebrate and share the diverse voices and perspectives of our readers and communities. That responsibility begins with a workplace that creates a welcoming and inclusive culture that strives for continuous learning and telling the story of all readers to all readers.
We are committed to finding opportunities where we can impact the greater good and support the belief that all human beings deserve equal rights, regardless of race, religion, gender, age, or sexual orientation. We know that the more diverse we are as a community, the more it lifts all of us up for a positive impact in the world.
We understand that some of the most important work we do is within our own company. Sharing our commitment publicly is a way to continue to hold ourselves accountable. We know this work is important, and we are willing to dig in and learn, grow and take action. This commitment to diversity as a company comes with great responsibility to increase our outreach, to be accountable when we make mistakes, and continue to work to develop our understanding of the world around us. We are conscious of the need to uplift, support, and promote authentic voices of members of marginalized groups in our company and communities.
Examples of our work so far
- Engaged several expert consultants to intensively review hundreds of PebbleGo articles to ensure a more expansive perspective
- Developed a diversity internship program.
- Received a grant with the Minnesota State University, Mankato to provide diversity and inclusion sessions. These sessions include implicit bias, cultural competence, and LGBTQIA+ and allyship.
- Established a scholarship program in partnership with Scholarship America.
- Committed to hiring authentic voice authors and illustrators
Capstone’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging and Board (DEI&B) is composed of Capstone employees who volunteer their service, and act on behalf of the company to lead and manage all DEI&B initiatives. The board has brought guests from a wide range of knowledge and experiences to speak at our town hall meetings, increased Capstone’s presence in community events, audited past products to make sure they meet our current standards of inclusivity, implemented company wide diversity and inclusion training, and more.
The Polar Plunge is the biggest fundraiser for Special Olympics Minnesota. All funds raised by Plungers help Special Olympics Minnesota provide year-round training and services to thousands of athletes with intellectual disabilities across the state.
Capstone employees braved the icy waters for a great cause!
Little Free Library Project
Capstone Employees partnered with the Chisago Lakes Early Literacy Project and the Shafer City Council and Park Board to create and place a Little Free Library and fill to the brim with Capstone titles! The library can be found in Shafer, Minnesota at the Swedish Immigrant Trailhead and Pollinator Garden.