UTMB’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion recently launched the Strategic Diversity and Compliance Toolkit, a Web-based library of resources designed to provide UTMB employees with support tools and strategies for addressing workforce diversity and inclusion.
Using an online delivery format, the guide integrates multiple diversity strategies in one centralized location to provide a complete picture of institutional efforts to advance a culture of inclusion.
The online resource offers decision-support tools, such as UTMB’s affirmative action plan results, workforce diversity profiles by department, diversity-related recruitment policies and a recruitment plan to develop multicultural pipelines and widen the net for qualified talent. The toolkit also provides supporting documents for understanding the difference between affirmative action, diversity and equal opportunity.
Currently, the foundational elements of the guide are focused on UTMB’s legal requirements as a federal contractor. However, the greater goal extends beyond legal compliance to include advancing a culture of inclusion to best support and drive our mission, vision and core values. For example, the guide provides information on current inclusive climate programs and initiatives, such as the baseline results of the institution’s first-ever diversity climate assessment and the veterans resource group.
Future additions to the toolkit will include an analysis of the demographic composition of talent pools at each stage in the selection process for underutilized job groups, access to diversity enrichment opportunities and cultural awareness education, as well as the provision of internal business consulting for departments and divisions that want to go a step further and create diversity action plans.
Altogether, the toolkit can help departments incorporate diversity into their recruitment goals, develop a level of cultural sensitivity in the recruitment and selection process and effectively articulate UTMB’s commitment to diversity.