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“When we’re talking about diversity, it’s not a box to check. It is a reality that should be deeply felt and held and valued by all of us.”     – Ava DuVernay, Award Winning Film Maker

OUR COMMITMENT TO
DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION

The Charles Koiner Conservancy for Urban Farming is founded upon the principles of community land trusts and committed to cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion through open land access and stewardship.

DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION POLICY:

 

The collective sum of the individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, inventiveness, innovation, self-expression, unique capabilities and skills that our staff, volunteers, interns, Board and other representatives bring to our work is our organization’s greatest asset.

We embrace and encourage our staff, volunteers, interns, Board members, and other representatives of the organization to represent differences in age, race, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, political affiliation, color, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, and other self-identifying characteristics.

The Charles Koiner Conservancy’s diversity initiatives are applicable, but not limited, to our practices and policies on Board recruitment and selection; employee and contractor compensation and benefits; professional development and training; promotions; social and recreational programs; terminations; and the ongoing development of a work environment built on the premise of diversity equity that encourages and enforces:

  • Respectful communication and cooperation;

  • Teamwork, ideas sharing and permission of equal participation;

  • Work/life balance through flexible work schedules to accommodate varying needs;

  • Appreciation and understanding for differences in abilities.

 

All staff, volunteers, interns, Board members and representatives of the organization have a responsibility to treat others with dignity and respect at all times. All staff, volunteers, interns, Board members and representatives of the organization are expected to exhibit behavior that fosters collaboration, respects new ideas, and encourages cooperative work. All staff, volunteers, interns, Board members and other representatives of the organization are required to complete annual diversity awareness training to enhance their knowledge to fulfill this responsibility.

Any staff, volunteer, intern, Board member or other representative of the organization found to have exhibited any inappropriate conduct or behavior against others may be subject to disciplinary action or termination.

Anyone within our organization, or receiving services from the organization, who believes they have been subjected to any kind of discrimination that conflicts with our diversity policy and initiatives should seek assistance from either the Governance Chair of the Board, President of the Board President, or a trusted senior staff member.

NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY:

The Charles Koiner Conservancy for Urban Farming does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion/creed, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or other form of self identification, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, the appointment to and termination from its Board of Directors, hiring and firing of staff or contractors, selection of volunteers, selection of vendors, selection of interns and providing of services to clients.

 

The Charles Koiner Conservancy for Urban Farming is an equal opportunity employer. We do not and shall not discriminate in employment, recruitment, Board membership, advertisements for employment or contracted work, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of payment against applicant or existing staff, intern, contractor or other position on the basis of race, color, religion/creed, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or other status of self identification, or for any other discriminatory reason.

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