DIVERSITY, INCLUSION, & NON-DISCRIMINATION
We at CGR! value diversity of age, race, economic status, gender expression, size, physical ability, developmental ability, musical interests, learning styles, nationality, religion, citizenship status, and sexual orientation. We promote respect and do not tolerate racism, sexism, homophobia, or other discriminatory behavior or expression.
Chattanooga Girls Rock is dedicated to the inclusion of women and other marginalized groups in music. The organization exists to give girls, so often excluded or discouraged from playing music (particularly of specific styles and genres, or from playing particular instruments), the opportunity to learn to play in a safe, positive, and encouraging environment. Our approach to inclusion is intersectional, and we realize that girls of color, transgender and gender nonconforming girls, girls with disabilities, and other marginalized girls have an even more difficult time accessing music education. Intentionally creating space for these girls is crucial to our mission, and this approach allows all girls at camp to learn about the importance of diversity, acceptance, and inclusion. We intend to accommodate any girl who wants to come to camp, and maintain an environment where she feels safe, included, and accepted by her peers. We also welcome gender non-binary and trans youth regardless of identity in all of our programming.
We are determined to provide a safe space for all CGR! campers. This includes prioritizing their physical safety with background checks on camp staff, keeping a secure location, maintaining a very high staff-to-camper ration, and enforcing strict sign-in/sign-out policies. We also want to maintain the emotional well being of campers. Girls of all backgrounds will be accepted at camp and encouraged to feel completely secure in their individual means of expression. Our program is designed to be explicitly anti-bullying, racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, and classism in policy and practice. Bullying of any kind will not be tolerated. We want every camper to feel great about their experience at camp, and we will do our best to foster an environment where they can.