NSWM Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION
The Network for Social Work Management (NSWM) seeks to affirmatively recruit, hire, and retain members at all levels of the organization, and especially in leadership roles, who have been historically subjected to discrimination in the workplace, including women, people of color, religious minorities, those identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer (LGBTQ), people with disabilities, and the elderly. NSWM also seeks to affirmatively recruit members of its Board of Directors who bring diversity in terms of the above categories of historically discriminated populations. NSWM also seeks to promote diversity through its program partnerships and coalition-building, as well as through its selection of vendors, consultants, and volunteers throughout all of its operations.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
NSWM is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all applicants for employment and to all employees throughout their period of employment. This policy statement is intended to remind all employees of NSWM’s commitment to providing equal employment opportunities based on individual merit and personal qualifications without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, marital status, disability or any other legally-protected category.

NSWM will make reasonable accommodations for individuals with known disabilities who are otherwise qualified to perform the essential functions of their particular position unless the requested accommodation would result in an undue hardship.

POLICY AGAINST DISCRIMINATION
Discrimination based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, marital status, disability or any other legally-protected category is strictly prohibited. Any employee who is determined to have engaged in such conduct may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment. All employees are requested to act responsibly in helping NSWM maintain a workplace that is free of discrimination.

MEMBERSHIP
Members are asked to voluntarily consider the role of diversity, equity and inclusion in their day-to-day work and to voluntarily embrace the values of inclusion.

BOARD MEMBERS AND VOLUNTEERS
NSWM’s Board of Directors and volunteers reflect the rich and growing diversity of society.

BOARD POLICIES AND PRACTICES
NSWM’s policies and associated practices present opportunities to visibly demonstrate and guide board members and staff practices that fulfill its organizational promises and commitments to inclusion.

CONTRACTS AND VENDORS
NSWM vendors and contracting process demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusion as a practice. A consistent internal set of practice guidelines guide the selection of vendors during the contracting process.

CONFERENCE AND PROGRAMS
NSWM’s Annual Management Conference and programs present some of the most visible and meaningful opportunities for member engagement. The diversity of speakers and presenters will continue to be tracked, analyzed and such information shall be used as a data point to inform effective decision making about the inclusion of diverse perspectives.

OTHER INITIATIVES & ACTIVITIES
Future opportunities and activities will be assessed against NSWM’s DEI standards.