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The Vestibular Disorders Association (VeDA) strives to create an inclusive community where everyone feels valued, represented, and respected. We recognize that our community is diverse and so are the needs and aspirations of the people we serve. Practicing understanding and acceptance and embracing diversity will help us plan and deliver programs and services that are relevant, meaningful, and effective in a way that thoughtfully engages and includes individuals and communities who may have been historically excluded. Through refining and piloting this policy in our work, we commit to:
To create and retain a diverse team of staff and volunteers who represent the community we serve, and to increase our impact by building a welcoming and accessible environment for all who utilize or wish to utilize our services.
This strategy provides a shared direction and commitment for the organization so we can work together to respect and value our diverse staff, volunteers and community members, build a more inclusive community, and provide services that are equitable and accessible.
|Diversity||A wide range of qualities and attributes within a person, group, or community. When we celebrate diversity, communities and workplaces become richer, drawing upon the variety of experiences, perspectives, and skills that people can contribute.|
|Equity||The fair treatment, equality of opportunity, and equality of access to information and resources for all. The aim of equity is to ensure that everyone has access to equal results and benefits.|
|Inclusion||The behaviors and actions that create a culture of belonging and a sense of value for all who participate and contribute, while at the same time understanding no one person can or should be asked to represent their entire community.|
|Unconscious/Implicit Bias||Social stereotypes about certain groups of people that individuals form outside their own conscious awareness, which can lead to negative judgements and unfair treatment.|
|Assumptions||Something we presuppose or take for granted without questioning it. We accept these beliefs to be true and use them to interpret the world around us.|
|Privilege||The experience of unearned freedoms, rights, benefits, advantages, access, and/or opportunities afforded to members of a particular dominant group in society or in a specific context.|
|Marginalized||Communities excluded from mainstream social, economic, educational or cultural life, often due to race, gender, identity, physical ability, sexual orientation, language barriers, age, or other status.|
We will listen.
We will always be learning.
We will make mistakes and own responsibility for our corrective action.
Recruit from a diverse, qualified group of candidates to increase diversity of thinking and perspective. Foster a culture that encourages collaboration, flexibility, and fairness to enable all employees and volunteers to contribute to their potential.
Ensure that our services are accessible to a diverse community through appropriate outreach. Marketing and communications materials and strategies should be inclusive, allowing all community members to feel represented and welcomed, and distributed through culturally appropriate channels.
Identify and break down systemic barriers to full inclusion by embedding diversity and inclusion in policies and practices and equipping leaders with the ability to recognize barriers and create effective solutions.
All employees and volunteers have the responsibility to maintain an environment that is safe, respectful, and productive.
Everyone has the right to be treated fairly in an environment that recognizes and accepts diversity.
We can all contribute by participating in diversity and inclusion activities and complying with all anti-discrimination and diversity legislation.
Staff and volunteers can contribute by displaying a positive commitment to workplace diversity and inclusion, being role models, fostering an inclusive culture, dealing quickly and effectively with inappropriate behavior, and participating in diversity training and encouraging team members to attend.
The success of the strategy is dependent upon the support of everyone in the organization. Everyone has a responsibility for contributing to a culture which supports and values diversity and inclusion.
The effectiveness and achievement of VeDA’s goals for diversity and inclusion will be reviewed and reported on an annual basis. The review will focus on strategy, proposed actions, progress made, and successes. It will also identify any adjustments required to improve effectiveness.
The evaluation will include:
Developed April 2022
Reviewed: May 2022
Adopted: June 2022
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