Our New Anti-Harassment Policy
By Rick Brehm, Labor Relations Specialist
The prevention of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation is a top priority at the Vermont National Guard. Recently, we published a comprehensive Harassment Reporting and Response Plan to address these serious issues.
The plan is a powerful and unique tool to combat harassment because it applies to all of us - whether we experience, witness, or simply become aware of an incident of harassment. It outlines different forms of prohibited conducted and provides examples. Once on notice of an incident, it requires managers, supervisors, and commanders to file a report within 24-hours.
Our human resources team is ready to help. But we cannot address harassing conduct without everyone's commitment. Please take a minute to review the Plan and join us in our effort to make VTNG a positive and productive work environment.
The Podcast that challenges our assumptions
Want to learn more about discrimination, racism, or white privilege? Want to expand your understanding of diversity? Want to join the discussion? Check out Courageous Equality!
Courageous Equality is a podcast produced by two of our Special Emphasis Program Managers for the Black Employees Program - TSgt Kirby Addison and SSG Selena Correa. Courageous Equality is a platform designed to help us learn from one another by having the uncomfortable conversations necessary to bring on change and awareness of diversity, equity, and inclusion for all.
The podcasts are recorded twice a month and feature guests and thought-provoking conversations.
Email us with questions, comments, or topics you want to discuss. firstname.lastname@example.org
Cultural Humility Classes Scheduled for August
Dr. Maria Mercedes Avila, Program Director of UVM’s Vermont Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Program, will lead small groups of our Army and Air members in a two-hour discussion focused on Structural Competence and Cultural Humility.
The term "cultural humility" was introduced in 1998 as a dynamic and lifelong process focusing on self-reflection and personal critique, acknowledging one's own biases. Cultural competence is defined as the ability to engage knowledgeably with people across cultures.
The goal of this training is to increase awareness of racial, ethnic, and class biases. Dr. Avila will provide course members with the tools to think critically about systemic oppression as a foundation for our organization’s continued progress towards cultural competence.
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