Our Commitment to Equity and Inclusion

equitySMART Reading was established to improve reading outcomes for Oregon kids, helping them develop literacy skills, self-confidence, and a love of reading. We believe literacy is a foundational skill that creates joy, opportunities and choices for children; a lack of literacy skills limits those lifelong benefits.

All children deserve to be included. To be accepted and celebrated for who they are. To feel that they belong. To see their lives and families represented in books. And all children – regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender, ability, or any other factor – should be able to access the same pathways leading to learning, happiness and success.

Unfortunately, that’s not the way our society works. We know that deeply entrenched racial, cultural, social and economic inequities make it harder for some children to succeed compared to others. Together with our community, we have an opportunity to change the story. We’re committed to prioritizing equity and inclusion in every aspect of our work because we know that they are inextricably linked to our mission and vision of an Oregon where all children can realize their full potential through reading.