Inclusivity is a core value of Indivisible, enshrined in our organizational principles:
We recognize that inclusivity is not an end state; it’s an ongoing process that requires dedication, learning, and intentionality for every team member and across all our work.
As we expanded during 2018, we worked to build a talented and diverse team to support our thousands of groups across the country. As of the end of 2018, 42% of permanent staff identified as a person of color, and 31% identified as LGBTQ. In terms of gender identity, 59% identified as cisgender female, 30% as cisgender male, and 8% as gender non-conforming.
We also strove to build and sustain a culture of equity and inclusion within our daily operations and interactions. Our Human Resources team worked with outside trainers and equity consultants to ensure our organizational policies reflect best practices in diversity, equity, and inclusion. In 2018, our first year as independent organizations, we had consultants review all aspects of our employee handbook and organizational policies for equity considerations, including our EEO/anti-harassment and discrimination policy and procedures, hiring, performance management, internal advancement, and compensation. Indivisible also held staff trainings on managing for racial equity, breaking down gender oppression, anti-harassment and discrimination, and bystander intervention to empower staff with the tools they need to overturn historic patterns of discrimination.
Indivisible staff members are also essential partners in building an equitable organization. In 2018, Indivisible’s staff Equity Working Group conducted a number of initiatives in partnership with Human Resources and our Executive Team, including developing best practices for our hiring process, leading reflection and discussion activities at our two all-staff retreats, hosting a brown bag on equity and the work of the group, and thought-partnering on work-life balance.
The work of building an equitable and inclusive organization is never complete. It requires constant commitment and a continual evaluation of progress and challenges. Indivisible remains committed to the hard work of confronting injustice and oppression, and nurturing a culture of inclusivity and respect for all identities and backgrounds.