Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Policy
last updated march 2022
Through education, advocacy, and oversight, the Sumner Community Food Bank is committed to creating an environment that is diverse, inclusive, and equitable, where all staff, volunteers, partners, vendors, and board members are treated with respect and dignity.
For the purposes of this statement, diversity refers to race, gender, ethnicity, nationality, religion, sexual identity, family status, age, disability, and socio-economic status. Inclusion is valuing, respecting, and encouraging the full participation of everyone in the life and leadership of the organization. Equity is a process that ensures all people have the opportunity to contribute, develop, and grow despite historical, structural, legislative, racial, and socio-economic inequities.
We are an organization that celebrates the rich diversity of our area. We will not tolerate discrimination, biases, harassment, or bullying of any kind. Anyone exhibiting these types of behaviors may be subject to disciplinary actions and/or be asked to remove themselves from the current environment.
As an organization and Board of Directors, we agree to be guided by these principles and pledge that they will be reflected in our vision, mission, strategic planning, programming, governance, and board composition. Our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion extends to our staff, our volunteers, and programs we develop and support.