Diversity Advisory Council
In 2004, CMHA-CEI's Board of Directors, Leadership, Staff and Labor established a diversity workgroup to broaden and enhance diversity within CMHA-CEI. Soon after, the Diversity Advisory Council (DAC) was formed with representatives from Front Line Staff, Supervisors, Administration, Unions and the Board of Directors.
The DAC recognized the importance of the "traditional" definition of diversity as race and gender, but realized the "traditional" meaning did not fit what the DAC was striving for in a diversity initiative. The DAC expanded the meaning of diversity to include culture, age, point of view, experience, education and sexual orientation.
CMHA-CEI has a long-standing equal employment opportunity (EEO) policy and program as well as a number of cultural competency initiatives. The DAC recognizes that while these are productive, they have not moved our agency to the level of reaching a successful diversity program. Our goal is to provide knowledge to our staff and to foster a diverse workforce reflective of the community for which we serve.
Staff suggestions are encouraged and will be presented at DAC Meetings.
Membership on the Diversity Advisory Council is currently open to all CMHA-CEI employees with Supervisor approval.
If you are interested in working to enrich diversity throughout CMHA-CEI, please email or send your request to:
CMHA-CEI - Diversity Advisory Council
c/o Deb Darcy, Human Resources
812 E Jolly Road
Lansing, MI 48910
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In 2003, the Board and Senior Management at CMHA-CEI decided to push greater diversity in our workforce as a way to better serve our diverse community. Mental health service delivery involves human interaction on an individual-by-individual basis. We need a staff with two particular kinds of competence. - Board of DirectorsRead more
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Occasionally, a member will ask why Local 459 is active in efforts to promote diversity in the work place. They wonder why their Union doesn’t focus exclusively on filing grievances and negotiating better wages and benefits at the bargaining table. Unions formed so that employees could band together to protect workers’ rights. Insuring everyone is treated fairly regardless of their background is a central part of this mission. - OPEIU Local 459 Rep, Jeffrey FlemingRead more
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I want to personally underscore this organization’s commitment to diversity. As you may know, for a long time, our Agency has had an equal employment opportunity policy and program and a number of cultural competence efforts. These include such things as a very active recruitment program, regular Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) reviews, a Limited English Proficiency (LEP) policy, interpreter services, multi-language printed materials, among others. These efforts, while productive, have not taken our organization as far as it needs to go relative to diversity and cultural competence. - Executive Director, Bob SheehanRead more