Our Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Value Statement:
At Enterprise Bank, people and relationships come first. We encourage and foster a culture of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging where everyone feels valued and respected. We are committed to a caring workplace that recognizes the importance of making a meaningful, positive difference in the lives of our team members, customers, and communities.
The mission of Enterprise Bank's Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Steering Committee is to celebrate and promote awareness of personal identity in the workplace, identify equity gaps in order to help resolve them, and strengthen everyone's sense of belonging within our Enterprise Bank family. We are committed to helping influence and impact positive change towards social justice and inclusivity within communities we serve.
Recent Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) e-Zine Newsletters* created by Enterprise Bank team members:
*This content was originally created by a rotating group of Enterprise Bank team members who have volunteered to create this newsletter for our team to enjoy. However, we are happy to share these newsletters for our Enterprise Bank community to engage in wider conversation and share inspirational stories and ideas.
The Meaningfulness of Inclusion, and Belonging
Diversity advocate Vernā Myers said, “Diversity is being invited to the party. Inclusion is being asked to dance.” (Another person added, "Equity is giving the opportunity for the attendees to choose the music.")
Inclusion means that all people, regardless of their abilities, disabilities, or health care needs, have the right to be respected and appreciated as valuable members of their communities.
Inclusion in the Workplace (from the Society of Human Resource Management) is “The achievement of a work environment in which all individuals are treated fairly and respectfully, have equal access to opportunities and resources, and can contribute fully to the organization's success.”
Inclusion is defined by Merriam-Webster as “the act of including; the state of being included."
What does “Belongingness” mean? One website (Belongingness - definition, examples, and importance - F4S (fingerprintforsuccess.com)) describes the meaning of “belongingness” as: The most important element of any workplace is “the people.” The Bank places a lot of importance on connection and bonding – with both our internal and external customers, and we value relationships above everything else. Ensuring that our team members (and customers) feel a sense of belonging leads to stronger relationships and a higher sense of trust.
Hear what Security Officer, Prema Nagathan, has to say about diversity at Enterprise Bank.
- Protected Classes
A protected class is a group of people with a common characteristic who are legally protected from employment discrimination based on said characteristic. Examples of protected classes are:
- Criminal Records
- Gender Identity/expression
- Marital Status
- Military personnel
- National origin
- Race or color
- Sexual orientation
- Veteran Status
- Equality, Equity, and Justice Resources
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Americans with Disabilities Act Information and Resources
- What is the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)?
- Why I wrote the Americans with Disabilities Act
- How the Americans with Disabilities Act Transformed the United States
- It’s Time to Talk about our own Racism
- What is White Supremacy?
- Why Racism Against White People Does NOT Exist
- Working While Black
- Dismantling Privilege
- Where Would We Be Without Black History?
- Historical Black Women
- 4 Myths about Black Lives Matter
- Martin Luther King on “Reparations”
- Books – and more books Adapted from a Suggested Book List
- 6 Ways to Respectfully Be a Better LGBTQ Ally
- Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Workplace Issues
- Nearly 50% of LGBTQ Americans are in the closet at work
- Gender Identity and Expression at the Workplace
Native American and Indigenous Justice Resources
- Massachusetts Senate Unanimously Approves Commission to Replace State Seal and Motto
- Why Native Land Territory Acknowledgement is Important
- An Interactive Map Learn About Local Indigenous Territories and Languages
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