Welcoming Diversity

Nestled in the progressive town of Ithaca, New York, Kendal at Ithaca fosters an inclusive community where people of all backgrounds can thrive. Through commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB), Kendal creates a safe and welcoming environment.

A Strong Community Includes Everyone

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Being open to new ideas, cultures and ways of living is a direct result of being located in the progressive college town of Ithaca, New York. Add to that our mission, values and practices and you’ll see why Kendal at Ithaca creates a safe, non-judgmental space for people of all backgrounds, races and religions to be their true selves.

SAGECare Accreditation and Awards

Kendal at Ithaca was the recent recipient of a SAGECare platinum award for the second year in a row. SAGECare is the first and only resource center dedicated to improving the lives of LGBTQ+ older adults. Our platinum award means at least 80% of our management and non-management staff have received training and credentialing from SAGECare.

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Inclusion and acceptance sign hung at Kendal at Ithaca

A Spirit of Inclusion

Kendal at Ithaca promotes mutual respect, acceptance, cooperation and teamwork not only for residents, but for employees, board members, staff and volunteers. We believe this spirit of inclusion strengthens our community, its people and services.

  • All differences and individualities are recognized and valued
  • All people are welcomed, respected and treated equitably
  • Everyone’s unique needs and perspectives are valued
  • Every individual has a seat at the table and a voice that is heard
  • Every voice can be authentically expressed
  • Individuals can bring their true selves to the table without any cost to their identity

Inspiring Diversity Through Action

Kendal at Ithaca is committed to implementing its Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) plan to assure all aspects of our community embrace a spirit of inclusion and culture of diversity. Our “DEIB” plan represents the shared concepts, beliefs and actions that help us nurture and promote Kendal’s core values throughout Kendal at Ithaca.

  • Structural Inclusion: DEIB principals are reflected in the makeup of every policy, practice, decision, communication and interaction.
  • Welcoming and Inclusive: Diversity is recognized in the broadest of terms and we look to cultivate communities where individuals can be their true self.
  • Non-Judgmental Inquiry: We are committed to expressing respect for every individual and approach every interaction without judgment.
  • Open Communication: A sense of integrity and community is prioritized and preserved through clear, direct, respectful and open communication.
  • Our Mission: We strengthen every Kendal Community by being true to our mission and hope our experience will benefit others.
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