Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion (JEDI)
In July 2019, GWD established a team to explore and improve the organization’s internal workplace culture and relationship-building with local communities along the principles of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI). As an agency working to bring about the sustained improvement of marginalized communities, one of GWD’s primary organizational goals is to promote JEDI values not only in decision-making and action for community projects but also in the agency’s overall strategic direction. In addition, community engagement and leadership are cornerstones of GWD’s organizational composition. Though GWD prides itself on its historical ability to meaningfully engage the community, the agency also recognizes that these efforts must be increased to ensure JEDI principles continue to be upheld and to position community voices and perspectives at the forefront of GWD’s work and organizational strategy.