Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Brio Living Services
At Brio Living Services, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, or DEI, is more than a catch-phrase. It’s more than a committee. DEI is the fundamental way in which we strive to live out our mission of Welcoming all, partnering together, enriching lives, and our vision of A world in which all are empowered to age well.
We are committed to making Brio a safe, welcoming place for all to live and work.
DEI is embedded into our Guiding Beliefs of Integrity, Wellness, Inclusiveness, Stewardship, Excellence, and Community. It means that we are open, nurturing, and accessible to all, including the older adults we serve, their families, visitors, and our team members across the organization.
DEI Committee at Brio Living Services
In 2022, a DEI committee was formed to advise our organization in the integration of diversity, equity, and inclusion into all aspects of work at Brio Living Services. The committee is made up of 17 team members from across the organization, representing a variety of backgrounds and job types from our 23 locations and service lines. The committee meets monthly and holds in-person retreats to build its own competency and collaboration with the Brio Living Services Board.
Over the past two years, our accomplishments have included:
- DEI training for team members at our Huron Valley PACE and Thome PACE (Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly) sites, thanks to a grant from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund;
- DEI training for the Brio leadership team, in conjunction with Change Works LLC;
- Feedback to update policies and procedures, including the Resident Code of Conduct, Team Member Handbook, and onboarding for new team members;
- Participation in the 2023 Grand Rapids Pride Festival and other area events that celebrate diversity.