Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Policy

Revised/Adopted 2/9/22

The Lake County Arts Council (LCAC) is committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion. 

Our human capital is the most valuable asset we have. The collective sum of the individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, innovation, self-expression, unique capabilities and talent that our employees invest in their work represents a significant part of not only our culture, but our reputation and achievement as well. 

We embrace and encourage our representatives’ differences in age, color, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, and other characteristics that make our employees and volunteers unique. Representatives of Lake County Arts Council include employees, volunteers, contractors, and Lake County Arts Council board and committee members.

Lake County Arts Council diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives are applicable—but not limited—to our practices and policies on recruitment and selection; compensation and benefits; professional development and training; promotions; transfers; social and recreational programs; layoffs; terminations; and the ongoing development of a work environment built on the premise of gender and diversity equity that encourages and enforces:

  • Respectful communication and cooperation between all employees.
  • Teamwork and participation, permitting the representation of all groups and individual perspectives. 
  • Work/life balance through flexible work schedules to accommodate varying needs.
  • Contributions to the communities we serve to promote a greater understanding and respect for diversity.

All representatives of the Lake County Arts Council have a responsibility to treat others with dignity and respect at all times. All representatives are expected to exhibit conduct that reflects inclusion during work, at work functions on or off the work site, and at all other company sponsored and participative events. 

Any representative found to have exhibited any inappropriate conduct or behavior against others may be subject to disciplinary action, including being required to attend and complete a diversity awareness training to enhance their knowledge and ability to conduct themselves in an appropriate and accepting manner.

Representatives who believe they have been subjected to any kind of discrimination that conflicts with the company’s diversity policy and initiatives should seek assistance from our Equity and Accesability Officer or the Executive Director for the LCAC.

The Lake County Arts Council stands in solidarity with our local native stewards, the Pomo Nations of 7 known villages called Elem Nation (Clearlake Oaks), Koi Nation (Lower Lake), Middletown Nation (Middletown), Scotts Valley Nation (Lakeport), Big Valley Nation (Soda Bay), Robinson Nation (Nice) and Habematolel Nation (Upper Lake).