The Board of Pensions established the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Leadership Council (DEILC) to ensure that all employees' voices are welcome — no matter their race, gender, sexual orientation, or ethnicity. The DEILC consists of 14 Board employees, selected for broad representation of our workforce, who serve as an advisory board to help senior management understand and enact diversity initiatives and actively demonstrate inclusive leadership.
The Reverend Frank Clark Spencer, Board of Pensions President, serves as an adviser for the council, and Kimberly Reed of the Reed Development Group, a nationally recognized leader in organizational transformation, is facilitator. In support of DEILC work, Ms. Reed has moderated conversations among Board of Pensions staff on bias, diversity, and inclusion in both the workplace and everyday life.
The DEILC's strategy aligns with the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force, formed by the Board of Directors of the Board of Pensions.
The DEILC focuses on four main areas:
Members of the DEILC advocate for more inclusive practices within the Board of Pensions and monitor its strategic diversity activities. The council also creates goals and objectives, helps improve communication within the organization, recommends policies, and educates employees about diversity and inclusive behaviors.
The DEILC is guided by its mission:
Serving Our Community.
Serving Each Other.
Serving Us All.
We are a diverse community of unique individuals standing in support of one another.
The Board of Pensions is committed to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our different backgrounds and perspectives foster creativity, while our mutual respect enables us to focus on a mission of service. Jesus of Nazareth calls all people to love neighbor as self. The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Leadership Council is committed to bringing this vision of belonging and oneness to the Board of Pensions. Together, we strive to model faithfulness to this call by becoming inclusive and supportive of abundant life for all.
In summer 2020, in response to nationwide racial unrest, members of the DEILC contributed to the writing of a statement on racial justice. This statement was unanimously endorsed by the DEILC and shared publicly with the full support of all at the Board of Pensions.