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Geffen Playhouse (“Geffen”) is dedicated to encouraging a supportive and inclusive culture through the arts with our priority in diversity, equity and inclusion as fundamental elements of the ways in which we work every day.
Our aim is to promote diversity and eliminate discrimination with a systems-based approach, meaning that we focus on intentionally identifying and dismantling systemic barriers that perpetuate inequitable outcomes, so we can assure the fair treatment, access, opportunity and advancement of all employees.
We hold a deep focus on creating and maintaining an inclusive environment in which all individuals and groups can be and feel welcomed, respected, supported and valued to participate and bring their full, authentic selves to work.
This policy reinforces our commitment to providing equality and fairness to all employed across the theater and not providing less favorable facilities or treatment based on, but not limited to age, disability, gender, gender identity, marital status and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, ethnicity, language, military or veteran status, nationality, socioeconomic status, education, mental or physical abilities, religion, learning styles, sex and sexual orientation (“All Communities”). We are opposed to all forms of unlawful and unfair discrimination.
All employees, whether they are part-time, full-time, or temporary, will be treated fairly and with respect. All employees will be given support and shall receive encouragement to develop their full potential and utilize their unique talents. The Geffen is committed to cultivating and maintaining an actively supportive space where any individual who feels they have been subjected to discrimination can raise their concerns so that corrective measures can be applied. When the Geffen selects candidates for employment, promotion, training, or any other benefit, it will be on the basis of their aptitude, ability, seniority and experience.
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Our policies and practices are aligned on a shared language for diversity, equity and inclusion, which is woven into our philosophy: Diversity: Psychological, physical and social differences that occur among any and all individuals; including All Communities.
Equity: The guarantee of fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement while at the same time striving to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented the full participation of some groups. Equity is when the structures, systems, practices and cultural narratives in an organization provide true situational fairness and equal opportunity.
Inclusion: The act of creating environments in which any individual or group can be and feel welcomed, respected, supported and valued to fully participate and bring their full, authentic selves to work. An inclusive and welcoming climate embraces differences and offers respect in the words/actions/thoughts of people.
BIPOC: Black and Indigenous People of Color – An umbrella term used to refer to people from racial and ethnic groups who are not White and represent over 80% of the world’s population. The identifying language of all of our communities is ever-evolving but in no way negates the necessity of the work.
This policy is intended to work in conjunction with, but not replace, supplement or amend other related policies and programs, such as our equal employment opportunity, anti-harassment, anti-bullying, accommodation and open-door policies, our anti-harassment training, and / or any collective bargaining agreement terms or conditions. This policy is not intended to restrict communications or actions protected or required by state or federal law.
Contact the DEI Committee