Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee (DEIC) at KRRC

Diversity

“Diversity is any dimension that can be used to differentiate groups and people from one another. In a nutshell, it’s about empowering people by respecting and appreciating what makes them different, in terms of age, gender, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation, education, and national origin.” (1)

Inclusion

Inclusion “is an organizational effort and practices in which different groups or individuals having different backgrounds are culturally and socially accepted and welcomed, and equally treated. These differences could be self-evident, such as national origin, age, race and ethnicity, religion/belief, gender, marital status and socioeconomic status or they could be more inherent, such as educational background, training, sector experience, organizational tenure, even personality, such as introverts and extroverts… Inclusion is a sense of belonging. Inclusive cultures make people feel respected and valued for who they are as an individual or group.”

Equity

“Equity is a solution for addressing imbalanced social systems. Justice can take equity one step further by fixing the systems in a way that leads to long-term, sustainable, equitable access for generations to come.” (2)

KRRC is committed to creating, nurturing and sustaining a diverse, inclusive and equitable culture, which values the lives and backgrounds of all individuals; guiding us to fulfill our true potential. Our goal is to support equity, diversity, inclusion and dignity of all clients and employees (in-center and community homes), as well as establishing equal opportunities in employment. We have a Diversity Committee that works to identify and remove barriers in employment, through established practices in recruitment, hiring, retention, engagement and training of all employees. The committee also encourages promotional practices to foster an environment of equity to overcoming systemic racism, discrimination in the workplace, and to model an inclusive workplace built on respect for one another. The Diversity Committee also promotes, and proactively strives for, inclusion of all KRRC clients and employees (in-center and community homes).

[1] What is diversity and inclusion? Available at: https://globaldiversitypractice.com/what-is-diversity-inclusion/..

[2] Equity vs. Equality: What’s the Difference? Available at: https://onlinepublichealth.gwu.edu/resources/equity-vs-equality/

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