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Accessibility and Inclusivity in the Workplace

Accessibility in the workplace is the practice of making information, tasks and activities, and the work environment practical, meaningful, and usable for as many people as possible. Inclusion is the behaviors within team culture that encourages everyone to feel heard and valued for their individual skills and uniqueness. Through this guide, we review inclusive practices and considerations to take when proactively addressing accessibility at the virtual and physical workplace. After reviewing the guide, this worksheet can be used to assess your own organization’s accessibility and inclusion policies and procedures and identify areas to improve.

Accessible and Inclusive Events

How can we be mindful of different needs while proactively providing a welcoming and inclusive experience for all at events? Accessibility and inclusion matter just as deeply in temporary spaces where we invite community to join together for dialogue or learning. Here are some considerations to provide a more inclusive and accessible experience to your audience as you go through the event planning process.

Change Team Core Processes and Tools: Set-Up and Management Checklist

Change teams designed to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) require thoughtful planning and communication throughout the active lifecycle of the team: Launch, Management, Evaluation, and Relaunch. Change teams, like any other team, require management tools, skills, and processes to be successful. Use the following checklists to create the change team charter and core management tools and processes.

Change Team DEI Development Plan Template

A written plan of action is essential for individuals or teams working to increase diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). DEI team workplans or development plans bring clarity to expectations, enrich feedback and review processes, and help align each team member’s tasks with the DEI team goals. Once your goals are written, create a work plan using this sample DEI Development plan template to track activity and report on progress.

Connecting to your D.E.I “Why”

Everyone has a unique connection to environmental work. Awareness of your story and motivation to pursue D.E.I. can be grounding and uplifting when you are faced with difficult decisions, face barriers in your path, or need to be inspired by yourself! The following writing exercise helps you identify how you came to value the pursuit of D.E.I. in the environmental field, what keeps you motivated, and what you need to stay resilient when challenges inevitably arise.

Decision Making for Equity and Inclusion

Decision-making practices reflect an organization’s equity and inclusion values. They also reveal how authoritative a.k.a. commanding power is distributed throughout an organization. Use this decision-making mode graphic to investigate how […]

Developing an Equitable and Transparent Compensation Philosophy & Policy

To set fair and equitable compensation, it’s essential to take time to be clear on your philosophy and develop a transparent policy. The following resource and samples will help you develop strong, fair, and transparent compensation.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Terms and Definitions

Not everyone speaks the same way about social issues or experiences; having a shared understanding of terms can help groups and individuals communicate better and support their collaboration. We recognize that many of these terms in this list can feel quite jargon heavy or academic—however, precision and clarity are useful when naming and dismantling deep rooted assumptions, behaviors, or practices.

Equitable Holiday and Paid Time Off Policies and Sample

To promote belonging and to create an equitable and inclusive culture across your organization, it’s important to review your holiday and paid-time-off policies and ask yourself these questions and more. This resource will aid you in assessing your holiday and paid time off policies, consider revisions to your it, and offers a sample policy.

Fund Development Equity Reflection Questions

Fund development staff can play an integral role in implementing DEI in their work by using an equity lens to review your practices, outreach, and decisions. This resource offers questions to ask yourself, your team, and your organization to ensure that an equity lens is applied to your fund development efforts and internal work.

Background Image: Raincoast Conservation Foundation | Jamen Rhodes