Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Policy
Approved: June 15, 2022
Troy-Miami County Public Library embraces and supports the diversity of our workforce as well as our community to include differences in age, race, ethnicity, language, culture, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, socioeconomic status, military status, citizenship status, family or marital status, political affiliation, and physical or mental ability or disability.
The Library demonstrates its support by:
- Engaging leadership and staff in ongoing inclusion training, education, and professional development;
- Providing services and resources to all members of our community that are inclusive of all ages, races, ethnicities, languages, cultures, religions, genders, sexual orientations, gender identities or expressions, socioeconomic statuses, military statuses, citizenship statuses, family or marital statuses, political affiliations, and physical or mental abilities or disabilities.
- Continuously and consciously reviewing our policies and practices with an equity, diversity and inclusion lens;
- Designing services for our patrons by attentively listening to the needs and aspirations of our communities, especially those whose voices are often underrepresented or unheard;
The Library is dedicated to creating a safe workplace environment in which employees’ voices can be included, heard, valued, and treated with respect for our staff, 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.
All employees of TMCPL have a responsibility to always treat other employees and library patrons with dignity and respect. All employees are expected to exhibit conduct that reflects inclusion during work, at work functions on or off the work site, and at all other organization sponsored and participative events.
Any employee found to have exhibited any inappropriate conduct or behavior against others may be subject to disciplinary action.
Employees who believe they have been subjected to any kind of discrimination that conflicts with the organization’s diversity policy and initiatives should seek assistance from the Human Resources manager or the Executive Director.
We use the following definitions in this policy.
Diversity: Respect for—and appreciation of—differences. The range of human differences include, but are not limited to, age, race, ethnicity, language, culture, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, socioeconomic status, military status, citizenship status, family or marital status, political affiliation, and physical or mental ability or disability.
Equity: The guarantee of fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement while at the same time striving to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented full participation of certain groups.
Inclusion: The act of creating an environment in which all individuals are treated fairly and respectfully, have equal access to opportunities and resources, and contribute fully to the organization's success.