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Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
The Unite Us team is diverse in every sense of the word–gender, race, geography, age, ability, experience–the list goes on. Simply by the nature of our work, we’ve been fortunate to attract people from different backgrounds who share a common dedication to our mission to connect health and social care to build healthier communities.
We know, however, that we have more work to do. As proud as we are of the team we have, as we grow, we want to be more intentional in our hiring practices to ensure that our entire company better reflects the communities we serve. We will prioritize how and who we hire until that goal becomes a reality.
It’s not enough to simply hold trainings and talk about diversity, equity, and inclusion. Through company-wide policies and practices, we will ensure all team members are afforded the same opportunities in health, career, and well-being. Our team-led Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee drives our solution-oriented approach to upholding our values and ensures that at Unite Us, we embrace diversity, provide equity, and ingrain inclusion throughout the company. The DEI Committee has the power to advise and hold leadership accountable, impact decision-making, and affect necessary change within Unite Us.
How we’re integrating DEI into everything we do
You’ll see us discussing health equity on our blog, and across our social media channels. We’ll continue to shine a light on inequities and share how we are working with the community to close those gaps. We will strive to amplify and promote anti-racist agendas through our work.
Unite Us has committed to a quarterly donation cadence that has a local and high impact focus. We provide financial support to organizations helping marginalized and disenfranchised people and communities.
Unite Us recognizes the value of holding deliberate space to discuss, learn, and grow, and will continue to organize and facilitate learning opportunities through internal workshops and external facilitators. These trainings will revolve around topics such as anti-racism, equity, power and privilege, and intersectionality to further spread awareness across the company and to maintain a well-informed and socially conscious team. We will continue to engage our team in difficult, but important, conversations that will help us be better colleagues, allies, and humans.
Our Technology and Processes
Engaging communities is core to what we do at Unite Us. With the help of our Data Analytics team, our Community Engagement Managers will become more intentional to ensure the most vulnerable populations receive access to health care and social care first. Our processes will remain efficient and community guided while being backed with data to have important and needed conversations. Additionally, as we expand our technological roadmap, our decision framework will include features that extend the equitable use of our platform.
Our ultimate goal is to ensure DEI initiatives are ingrained in everything we do and is inherently a part of our culture. We are working to develop and improve our diversity goals, company-wide, and specifically at the leadership level. Unite Us was built with tenacity, innovation, and a willingness to take risks. We have never been satisfied with the status quo. We’ve consistently applied that same commitment, dedication, and drive to build an authentically inclusive, diverse, and equitable culture–now with a renewed energy to do even better.
Diversity is the representation of all varied human differences, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic status, physical ability or attributes, religious or ethical values systems, national origin, political beliefs, and cultures. Importantly, we recognize the role of intersectionality – the interaction between gender, race, and other categories of social difference – and understand that belonging to multiple identities compounds to create unique experiences. Our commitment to diversity requires more than just acknowledging and/or accepting differences. It requires a set of conscious practices that seek to understand and appreciate the interdependence of humanity, cultures, and the natural environment.
Equity is fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for all people, while also identifying and eliminating barriers that have prevented the full participation of communities impacted by systemic oppression. Our commitment to equity is grounded in the understanding that diverse communities have diverse needs and that treating everyone the same does not lead to equitable outcomes. We commit ourselves to continuously examine the root causes of disparities within our society and institution, and to increase justice and fairness through procedures and policies as well as the distribution of resources.
Inclusion is the extent to which individuals feel welcomed, respected, supported, and valued. In our commitment to Inclusivity we recognize every individual’s inherent worth, dignity, talents, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of living, and believe that every person’s voice adds value. We commit to building and sustaining a culture of belonging by actively inviting the contribution and participation of all people and striving to create balance wherever power differences exist.