Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) are pivotal components in fostering a fair and harmonious society. Embracing diversity acknowledges and values the richness of human differences, encompassing race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, and more. Equity strives to eliminate disparities by providing equal opportunities and resources, ensuring everyone has the tools to succeed. Inclusion goes beyond mere representation, creating an environment where diverse voices are heard, respected, and empowered. Together, DEI initiatives promote a culture that dismantles systemic biases, fostering innovation, creativity, and a sense of belonging for all. Prioritizing DEI is essential for building stronger, more resilient communities and organizations.
Embracing Diversity, Equity & Inclusion acknowledges and celebrates exemplary leadership in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the community with clear positive impacts in areas because of these efforts.
Suggested areas of achievement might be related, but are not limited to:
- Initiatives that demonstrate an organization is making progress towards increasing DEI in the workplace.
- A senior leadership team that helps to drive inclusive workplace efforts.
- Programs that demonstrate a “culture change” approach to diversity, i.e., inclusion principles are embedded in the DNA of the organization.
- People from diverse populations are actively recruited, retained, and have advancement opportunities within the organization.
We are looking for organizations that are paving the way for diversity, equity, and inclusion. This special OCBJ section will recognize the efforts of an entire company to set a positive example to other businesses for what it means to be an inclusive organization in 2023 and beyond. Companies must have an Orange County presence to be considered.
NOMINATION DEADLINE: June 10, 2024