the DEIJ Council We are committed to modeling diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice, maintaining fair and equal treatment for all.

DEIJ Council

Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan is committed to a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment where all team members, volunteers, guests, leaders, and board members feel respected and valued regardless of gender, age, race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, education, or any other identity.

  • We are committed to being nondiscriminatory and providing equal opportunities for employment, volunteering, and advancement in all areas of our work.
  • We respect the value that diverse life experiences bring to our team.
  • We are committed to modeling diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice, maintaining fair and equal treatment for all.

With these goals in mind, the Gleaners Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice (DEIJ) Council was formed in 2022 to serve as an internal entity for advancing the goal of achieving a diverse, inclusive, engaged, and productive team. Gleaners internal focus on DEIJ and the creation of the Council directly align with our efforts to understand issues related to equity in how we serve communities:

  • How systems make success easier for some people than for others?
  • How best to address the implicit bias in systems to ensure that all people who need help get the right amount of help?

Cultural Celebrations

Presented organization-wide education events and cultural celebrations in an effort to bring awareness for the different cultures that come together and make us Gleaners.

Floating Holidays

Advocated for the creation of two floating holidays for all full-time Gleaners team members to support the celebration of cultural and religious observances that are meaningful to them that might not be otherwise covered by the Holiday Observances schedule.

Internal Communications

Expanded our internal communication network to keep the entire organization connected to various cultural observances and important DEIJ related topics.

Created the Safe Space Dropbox where staff members across all of our physical locations (as well as digitally) can voice their concerns about discriminatory and exclusionary behaviors.