DEIB Committee Positioning Statement
The following DE&I position provides direction for all Traverse Connect efforts:
- Traverse Connect champions diversity, equity, and inclusion with an intentional approach to inform people, policies, and practices that strengthen access and opportunity in the business and non-profit community across the region.
- We recognize that data and evidence show a competitive advantage for businesses and communities that demonstrate the values associated with a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment including increased profitability, thriving commerce, and a more engaged workforce.
- We are committed to providing leadership and resources to help area businesses successfully integrate DE&I practices into their business and community strategies.
- We acknowledge that barriers exist and commit to an active pursuit of inclusion, including with limit: race, gender identity, age, religious beliefs, physical/mental ability, nation of origin, veteran status, color, ethnicity, sexual orientation, marital status, socioeconomic class, and/or criminal history.
Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation
Sara Lee Frozen Bakery
Northwest Education Services
Handy Enterprises LLC
Lake Ann Barnwood
Writer & Editor
Grand Traverse Resort & Spa
Interlochen Center for the Arts
Liz Petrella McKellar
Aspire North REALTORS
Grand Valley State University
Traverse City Tourism
*APPLICATIONS ARE CLOSED AT THIS TIME AS THE COMMITTEE IS FULL
The Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging Committee works to understand the challenges our community faces, is committed to educating ourselves of the current state of diversity and inclusion in our community and state, we inspire and challenge all and we connect to bring those together for sustainable change. The Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging Committee is leading the community through change by producing a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging Summit that is sustainable and meaningful to all aspects of our community.