I recently participated in a panel hosted by Allvoices and SingleSprout. The topic for the discussion centered around “How to be an authentic employer of choice and ensure people feel valued.” I started thinking about what that means to me and how I can ensure everything I do supports and promotes making every person feel respected and valued.
I was recently asked, “what does DEIBA mean to you?” Here is my response:
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging and Accessibility
Diversity is hiring someone in the underrepresented community how is the best qualified, not because the check the “diversity” box.
Equity is providing them as they wish to be treated not how you perceive they should be
Inclusion is supporting them as a unique individual with valuable contributions in a space where they can be their “authentic” self.
Belonging is knowing that were ever you are in your career; you can be in any seat at any table and breath with confidence that you are meant to be there, you are heard, and you are respected.
Accessibility is having everything you need to succeed available to you without obstacles, or hindrances to create barriers for you to fail.
To listen to the panel discussion, click the link: https://youtu.be/Pz4trO96IOA
As I celebrate my first anniversary at PTC, I hope that my contributions centered around diversity, equity, and inclusion evidence my commitment creating an authentic culture here. With pandemic life, we are living in unparalleled times, and we must focus efforts on creating an environment in which everyone can thrive. So, we must continue working together for the community to recognize us as an institution and employer of choice.
I want to express my appreciation to the students, faculty, and staff that support events hosted by the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, and Student Services. This year, the ODEI and task force will continue making PTC an environment focused on culture, collaboration, communication, and care.
Marsha N. Lindsay
Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer