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Learn about diversity at Metro and the plan that was developed as a blueprint to uphold Metro's organizational value of respect and to reflect understanding of the growing diversity of the region we serve.
The Diversity Action Plan was adopted by the Metro Council on Nov. 15, 2012.
The plan is a living document, subject to regular review and revisions to better reflect the growing diversity of the region. The evolving plan identifies goals, strategies and actions to increase diversity and cultural competence at Metro in four core areas:
Metro defines diversity as the variance or difference amongst people. This variance includes race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, nationality, language preference, socioeconomic status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and others. These differences are tied to a variety of other aspects of diversity such as experience, work styles, life experience, education, beliefs and ideas. Honoring these differences while upholding our value for respect is central to our diversity philosophy.
Metro's diversity philosophy is built upon a commitment to creating, establishing and maintaining a diverse and inclusive culture through increased internal awareness and diversity sensitivity, employee recruitment and retention, public involvement and citizen advisory committee membership, procurement and accessibility. Metro embraces diversity in such a way that it includes understanding the strength of individual and group differences, respecting the perspectives of others and communicating openly. Metro strives to create an environment where all participants value and celebrate each other’s contributions, skills and experience and a workplace where all staff are encouraged to thrive and reach their highest potential.
Metro's Diversity Action Team serves in an advisory capacity to the Senior Leadership Team regarding implementation of the Diversity Action Plan. The Diversity Action Team is primarily responsible for developing the plan’s content, based on organizational needs and feedback gathered from employees and community groups.
Since its formation, the Diversity Action Team has developed Metro's first Diversity Plan and been an active partner with the Metro Council, Senior Leadership Team, Human Resources and Finance and Regulatory Services in providing diversity training and outreach opportunities, building partnerships with outside organizations and supporting diversity goals.
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