2021 Equity and Inclusion Plan – PSC
The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSC) values the importance of bringing diversity, equity, and inclusion into the workplace. By reinforcing opportunities and programs that embrace individual psychological, physical, or social differences, the PSC continues to advance, allowing all staff to feel welcomed and valued.
The PSC's 2021 Equity and Inclusion Plan was designed to help employees better understand diversity, equity, and inclusion concepts, develop inclusive thinking and actions, and strengthen advocacy for diversity, equity, and inclusion issues. All state employees were asked to complete a 'Moving Beyond Compliance' training to raise awareness and assist in creating the plan.
Diversity includes how people differ, encompassing the different characteristics that make one individual or group different from another. While diversity is often used regarding race, ethnicity, and gender, we embrace a broader definition of diversity that includes age, national origin, religion, disability, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, education, marital status, language, and physical appearance. Our definition also includes diversity of thought: ideas, perspectives, and values. We also recognize that individuals affiliate with multiple identities.
Equity is the fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for all people, while at the same time striving to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented the full participation of some groups. Improving equity involves increasing justice and fairness within the procedures and processes of institutions or systems, as well as in their distribution of resources. Tackling equity issues requires an understanding of the root causes of outcome disparities within our society.
Inclusion is the act of creating environments in which any individual or group can be and feel welcomed, respected, supported, and valued to participate fully. An inclusive and welcoming climate embraces differences and offers respect in words and actions for all people. It's important to note that while an inclusive group is by definition diverse, a diverse group isn't always inclusive. Increasingly, recognition of unconscious or 'implicit bias' helps organizations deliberate about addressing inclusivity issues.
For more information, the PSC 2021 Equity and Inclusion plan can be found here. Visit the Wisconsin's Division of Personnel Management website here to learn what the State of Wisconsin is doing to increase equity and inclusion.