Our Mission

Mission:

F4MLou exists to create a welcoming and inclusive wellness space for all. We celebrate and support diverse identities, abilities, bodies, and experiences. We are cultivating a community of belonging and empowerment.

We Believe:

Prioritizing our physical, mental and emotional health empowers us to be the best version of ourselves.

All bodies are good, deserving of safety, respect, movement and nourishment.

Strength is found in the community of motherhood and diverse relationships equip us to thrive as individuals and better parent our children.

Race is not biological yet racism exists. We will actively work to disrupt the systems and actions that perpetuate it within our community.

It is our privilege to invest in our communities and create positive change.

Modeling these values will enable us to raise self-aware, compassionate, courageous children who love themselves and others.

In alignment with our beliefs and in support of our mission we will:

Provide a welcoming space for all women to reach their personal wellness goals, recognizing that these goals will be unique to each person.

Celebrate and increase inclusivity, and racial equity, in our classes, playgroups, partnerships, hiring decisions, and all aspects of our business.

Provide educational and social opportunities as well as resources for our community that align with our beliefs.

Work to decrease barriers that hinder participation in classes, playdates, and social events.

Uphold our anti-racism pledge and speak out against bias, microaggressions and racist acts.

Incorporate anti-racism, equity, and body inclusivity training into our team hiring, training, and onboarding process.

Build and nurture a community that welcomes people of all ages, sizes, and abilities.

Encourage life-long healthy habits while rejecting harmful social expectations surrounding fitness and diet culture.

Ensure no one experiences discrimination based on race, color, origin, religion, political belief, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, marital status or family make-up, veteran status, physical or mental ability, or age and stage of motherhood.

Encourage others to join us in these efforts.

Our Pledge:

Every member of the F4MLou team has taken this pledge. We invite you to make this commitment in your own life and family as well.

My pledge for racial equity, diversity and inclusion:

At F4MLou we are guided by our commitment to cultivate a welcoming and inclusive wellness space for all women. We celebrate a diversity of identities, abilities, bodies, and experiences.

In order to stand against racism and embrace equity within this community, I pledge to:

  1. Be accountable for the impact, regardless of intent, that my words and actions have on others.

  2. Examine my own actions and solicit feedback to discover and repair my blind spots regarding privilege and inequity.

  3. Speak up to interrupt bias, microaggressions and racism

  4. Diversify my network and invite new people to join our community.

  5. Hold myself responsible for learning and unlearning concepts related to equity and justice.

  6. Listen and learn with an open heart and mind when others share their experiences, in order to understand and honor the validity of their differences.

In order to carry out our Mission and help our commitments come to life - F4MLou created the Diversity + Inclusion committee in 2021. These are members of the F4MLou team from L to R: Katie Kramer, Carlee Kern, Felicia Woods, Melanie Parker

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Please reach out to us if you have questions or ideas for this work or if you need any support from us to make your experience within F4MLou more comfortable.

You can email Katie Kramer | Diversity + Inclusion Advocate at katiekramer@f4mlou.com

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Feel free to complete this feedback form if you prefer.

Educational Resources

Resources for Adults + Caregivers

There are a variety of resources shared here about many different topics. We will continue to add to these and change/remove as necessary. Depending on how much time you have to invest when you are exploring - you may choose to select a resource based on the time investment needed. We have three categories: 15 minutes or less, about an hour, and deep dive (books, etc).

15 min or less

Article: 12 Culturally Appropriative Words and Phrases to Stop Using Today

Video: Systemic Racism

Video: Why Color Blindness Will NOT End Racism

Video: 1619 Project overview

Video: your child is transgender and it’s going to be okay

Gender Terminology Reference Sheet

1 hour

websites:

Strong Family Alliance

Family Project

Embrace Race

Interfaith Calendar (need to update when they publish 2022)

Anti-AsianViolenceResources

podcasts:

Scene on Radio: Seeing White

Code Switch

1619

Deep Dive

1619 Interactive Project - NYTimes Magazine

Books:

Stamped from the Beginning

Me and White Supremacy

Do Better

How to Be an Antiracist

So You Want to Talk About Race

Fearing the Black Body

Start Here, Start Now: A Guide to Antibias and Antiracist Work in Your School Community

IG accounts

@ckyourprivilege

@britthawthorne

@privtoprog

@indigenouscultures

@upgradeaccessibility

@teachingoutsidethebinary

@asianamericancollective

@aapiwomenlead

@diversifyournarrative

Resources for children + guiding children

@theconsciouskid

@learningforjustice

@hereweeread

@helpingkidsrise

@wokekindergarten

@asianlitforkids

@thetinyactivists

@teachandtransform

@indigenouseducators

@booksfightback

@indigenouscheerleader

@latinxparenting

@latinxinkidlit

@deonnasmith (formerly readlikearockstar)

@readlikearockstarteaching

@theconsciouskid

@thetututeacher

@mrchazz

Books

Areli Is a Dreamer

Milo Imagines the World

A kids book about white privilege.

Bodies Are Cool

I Am Jazz

I Am Enough

Antiracist Baby

All Are Welcome

A Family is a Family is a Family

The Girl Who Thought in Pictures

This Book Is Antiracist

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You

Videos

PBS Kids | Race + Racism

Learn This with Miss Fish

Hair Love

Center for Racial Justice in Education

If you believe something is missing or incorrect here, please contact: Katie Kramer | Diversity + Inclusion Advocate | katiekramer@f4mlou.com.