Diversity and Inclusion Statement

Georgia Appleseed Diversity & Inclusion Statement

The mission of Georgia Appleseed is to increase justice in Georgia through law and policy reform and community engagement. One of our core values is collaboration to achieve justice and we believe that value and our mission are most effectively fulfilled through a commitment to inclusiveness.

We believe that building and sustaining diversity requires an ongoing commitment to inclusion that must find full expression in our organizational culture, values, norms, and behaviors. Therefore, we support diversity throughout our work and across all lines of difference, including ethnicity, race, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, age, economic circumstance, range of ability, religion, and geographic distribution within the State of Georgia. We aim to lead by example, viewing and encouraging diversity as a fundamental and abiding strength of a Center for Law and Justice in Georgia.

Georgia Appleseed recognizes that its effectiveness will be enhanced and its mission well served when the practice of inclusion is reflected in all aspects of the organization and specifically when:

Board Membership
Our Board of Directors reflects the rich and growing diversity of the State of Georgia.

We create and implement programs using our awareness of cultural differences and treat all clients with respect. We seek input from staff at all levels of the organization and work with a diverse group of stakeholders to ensure that our programs are inclusive.

Policies and Procedures
Our commitment to inclusiveness is evident in our organizational policies and procedures, as part of our strategic plan, and within our organizational goals.

Our staffing is reflective of Georgia’s diverse communities. Associated recruitment and hiring practices reflect a commitment to the value of inclusion. We foster a workplace that respects each individual, seeks and values diverse perspectives, and ensures each employee can actively contribute to fulfilling the organization’s mission.

We share our commitment to inclusion as a core value and practice with current and potential donors and encourage donors to consider and embrace these values.

Georgia Appleseed hopes that its demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion represents an organizational standard for the entire State.