The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Work Group established in 2020 by Volunteer Fairfax (VF) will serve in the following capacities:
- To be the catalyst for internal cultural change at VF pertaining to DEI
- To be the steward of good DEI policies and practices at VF, ongoing, and;
- To be the originator and coordinator of VF external messaging and activity pertaining to DEI issues.
Diversity is the presence of differences within a given setting. In the workplace, this generally refers to psychological, physical, and social differences that occur among any and all individuals. A diverse group, community, or organization is one in which a variety of social and cultural characteristics exist.
Equity ensures everyone has access to the same treatment, opportunities, and advancement. Equity aims to identify and eliminate barriers that prevent the full participation of some groups.
Inclusion refers to how people with different identities feel like part of the larger group. Inclusion doesn’t naturally result from diversity, and in reality, you can have a diverse team of talent but that doesn’t mean that everyone feels welcome or valued.
The Work Group membership is comprised of VF full-time staff and Board of Directors of VF, who are appointed by the CEO upon their expression of interest.
Steve Mutty, VF CEO
Emily Swenson, VF COO
Lorna Campbell Clarke, DEI Work Group Chair, VF Director of Communications
Marianne Alicona, VF Director of Development
Susan Sanow, VF Training, and Special Programs Manager
Hollie Gordon, VF Corporate Services & Events Senior Associate
Andrew Daniels, VF Corporate Services & Events Associate
John Gustavo Blair, Fairfax County EDA-Member, VF Board of Directors
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