Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Policy
PURPOSE. SMCAA is committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion. Our human capital is the most valuable asset we have. The collective sum of the individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, inventiveness, innovation, self-expression, unique capabilities and talent that our employees invest in their work represents a significant part of not only our culture, but our reputation and company’s achievement as well.
We embrace and encourage our employees’ differences in age, color, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, and other characteristics that make our employees unique.
POLICY. SMCAA believes that all people belong and deserve fairness, justice, and inclusivity. The strength of our community comes from our diversity and we celebrate the visible and invisible qualities that make each person unique, including race, gender, age, sexuality, ability, religion, national origin, gender identity, and other identities.
SMCAA is committed to aligning our culture and business practices to be a beacon of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging for all people. SMCAA will continue to reflect diversity in its organizational governance, volunteer structure, staffing, funding decisions, and policies. Through this commitment, SMCAA strives to be a role model in Southwest Michigan by partnering with other community organizations to strengthen an effective human service system that reaches out to all people in the tri-county area.
SMCAA diversity initiatives are applicable—but not limited—to our practices and policies on recruitment and selection; compensation and benefits; professional development and training; promotions; transfers; social and recreational programs; layoffs; terminations; and the ongoing development of a work environment built on the premise of gender and diversity equity that encourages and enforces:
Respectful communication and cooperation between all employees.
Teamwork and employee participation, permitting the representation of all groups and employee perspectives.
Work/life balance through flexible work schedules to accommodate employees’ varying needs.
Employer and employee contributions to the communities we serve to promote a greater understanding and respect for the diversity.