- Diversity Equity and Inclusion Statement
Diversity Equity and Inclusion Statement
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) are core values to Montgomery County government. We continue to build an organization that values, supports, and embraces diversity while simultaneously creating a more inclusive and equitable workplace. We will also continue to leverage and build upon the resources, talents, strengths, and opportunities available in our community. The County is also committed to aligning our culture and business practices to be a vibrant example of equity, inclusion, and belonging for all.
To meet this goal, the County is committed to: (1) maintaining an inclusive, productive, supportive, open, innovative, and equitable workplace where every individual is valued for their unique characteristics; (2) fostering respect, understanding and acceptance of differences; and (3) enabling employees to reach their full potential, thus, enhancing and nurturing the relationships among staff and optimizing the quality of services to our residents and the public.
Montgomery County expects and requires employees to treat others with dignity, respect, and professionalism at all times. Staff are to exhibit conduct that reflects inclusion during work activities, at work-related functions, whether on or off County property, at all County-sponsored events, and through all processes and services the County provides.
We intentionally provide definitions for “diversity”, “equity”, and “inclusion” to allow for shared understanding and thoughtful conversations.
- Diversity: The representation of varied, dissimilar, and unique identities, characteristics, experiences, and perspectives. The similarities and differences between employees account for all aspects of one’s personality and individual identity. The dimensions of diversity include (but are not limited to) age, race and ethnicity, national origin, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, language, culture, religious beliefs and commitments, ability/disability status, veteran status, and political perspective.
- Equity: The fair and just treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement of all, while at the same time, striving to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented the full participation of some groups, especially for those who are underrepresented and have been historically disadvantaged. Equity does not mean everyone receives the same treatment or outcome. Equity requires that everyone have the same access to shared resources and opportunities.
- Inclusion: The maintenance of a welcoming culture in which differences are accepted and celebrated, where varied perspectives and viewpoints are respectfully heard, and where every individual’s sense of belonging is promoted and encouraged. Everyone is valued, respected, and encouraged to participate and reach their full potential. All employees should believe they belong and can contribute fully to the County’s success.