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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

MHMR is committed to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment that represents our community.

With a Steering Committee and workgroups inclusive of employees across our agency, we collaborate on recommendations that sustain a work environment that fosters a feeling of belonging.

MHMR’s We CARE values include Diversity, Equity and Inclusion of all employees and people we serve. 

  • Diversity is the range of human differences, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, social class, physical ability or attributes, religious or ethical values system, national origin, and political beliefs.
  • Equity refers to the fair and respectful treatment of all people.
  • Inclusion is involvement and empowerment, where the inherent worth and dignity of all people are recognized 

Approach to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

MHMR takes an empathetic and non-confrontational approach to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. With a Steering Committee and workgroups that are inclusive of a host of diverse individuals and from all areas of our agency, we collaborate on recommendations that sustain a work environment that fosters a feeling of belonging. Our pursuit of excellence in sustaining our positive work environment is anchored in education that promotes improved emotional and cultural intelligence, and effective intercultural communication.

Diversity + Equity + Inclusion = Belonging

Our Journey

MHMR leadership provides and supports collaboration-focused on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion efforts.

An agency-wide steering committee engages under the agency’s We CARE values to help develop a culture that is driven by Diversity, Equity and Inclusion strategies focused on initiatives such as recruitment, performance management, leadership development, employee engagement and retention.

In 2019, MHMR intentionally named a leader in the organization to spearhead these efforts: a senior director of HR/Diversity and Inclusion.

In 2020, the efforts included and continue by engaging representatives in a revolving steering committee workgroup. The agency-wide Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Steering Committee fosters open discussion and develops plans and recommendations to the Executive Leadership Team for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the workplace and in our services.

In 2021, the agency conducted a voluntary, internal survey on Diversity, Equity and Inclusive topics to learn more about who we are. Review the data collected.

This journey does not have an end — it will evolve and continues to be embedded in our internal and external services as we continue to strive for diversity, equality and inclusivity in our culture.

Some employees volunteered to share their thoughts on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at MHMR. They really do say it best, watch the 2-minute video: