Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Policy

Last Updated: 8/20/2023

I. Introduction

Kenwood Training Center is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our human capital is the most valuable asset we have. The collective sum of the individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, inventiveness, innovation, self-expression, unique capabilities, and talent that our employees invest in their work represents a significant part of not only our culture but our reputation and organization's achievement as well.

II. Diversity

We embrace and encourage our employees' differences in age, color, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, and other characteristics that make our employees unique.

Our diversity initiatives are applicable—but not limited—to our practices and policies on recruitment and selection; compensation and benefits; professional development and training; promotions; transfers; social and recreational programs; layoffs; terminations; and the ongoing development of a work environment built on the premise of gender and diversity equity that encourages and enforces:

  • Respectful communication and cooperation between all employees.
  • Teamwork and employee participation, permitting the representation of all groups and employee perspectives.
  • Work/life balance through flexible work schedules to accommodate employees' varying needs.
  • Employer and employee contributions to the communities we serve to promote a greater understanding and respect for diversity.

III. Equity

Equity is central to our mission in decentralizing agriculture and empowering justice-involved individuals and veterans.

We ensure that all employees are treated fairly and have equal access to opportunities, regardless of their background. This includes:

  • Equal pay for equal work.
  • Transparent and consistent criteria for promotions and rewards.
  • Accommodations for disabilities and special needs.
  • Recognition of the unique needs and challenges faced by justice-involved individuals and veterans.

IV. Inclusion

Inclusion is a core aspect of our organizational culture, where every employee feels valued, heard, respected, and supported.

We foster an environment that leverages the diverse attributes of each employee, allowing them to participate fully in the pursuit of organizational excellence.

V. Compliance with Legal Obligations

We are committed to complying with all federal, state, and local laws regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion.

This policy creates no obligations beyond what is required by law.

VI. Implementation and Monitoring

This policy will be implemented through a series of practical steps, including regular training, clear communication, and robust monitoring and evaluation mechanisms. We will regularly assess our DEI efforts and make necessary adjustments to ensure continuous improvement.

VII. Reporting and Grievance Procedures

Employees who believe they have been discriminated against or harassed can follow our clear and confidential grievance procedure, as outlined in our Employee Handbook.

VIII. Conclusion

Kenwood Training Center's commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is not just a legal obligation or a strategic imperative; it is a reflection of our values and our belief in the dignity and worth of every individual. We recognize that our success in fulfilling our mission of decentralizing agriculture and empowering justice-involved individuals and veterans depends on our ability to create a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment.