Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Policy - 23rd Veteran

23rd Veteran DEI Policy

Updated: April 2024.


Maintain: Clearly communicate the mission statement throughout the organization, including on company websites, employee handbooks, and during onboarding processes.

Areas of Focus


Actively Recruit
Partner with organizations like the Minnesota Workforce Center (https://mn.gov/disability-mn/agencies/?id=1095-289463) and the Minnesota Assistance Council for Nonprofits (https://www.minnesotanonprofits.org/) to access job boards and talent pools. Attend veteran job fairs and conferences.

Broaden Language
Use inclusive language in job descriptions that highlight transferable skills such as leadership, teamwork, problem-solving, and adaptability. Avoid prioritizing specific military experience unless directly relevant to the position.

Celebrate Differences
Organize events or campaigns that showcase veteran stories and contributions. Partner with veteran-owned businesses or organizations for internal events or volunteer opportunities.


Flexible Work
Include options like remote work arrangements, compressed workweeks, or flexible start/end times to accommodate people with disabilities or those managing families.

Unconscious Bias Training
Implement mandatory unconscious bias training for all employees, including managers and those involved in the hiring process. This training should address assumptions and ensure fair evaluation based on qualifications.


Open Communication
Organize workshops or discussions to foster an understanding of divers culture military culture, and the challenges people and veterans may face. Encourage open communication about needs and experiences.


Communication Plan
Develop a comprehensive communication plan that utilizes multiple channels (company website, internal newsletters, employee meetings, training sessions) to disseminate the DEI policy.

Dedicated Point of Contact
Appoint a veteran liaison or a team responsible for overseeing the implementation of the DEI policy.

Regular Review
Schedule annual reviews of the DEI policy to assess its effectiveness. Gather feedback from veterans through surveys, focus groups, and anonymous suggestion boxes. Update the policy based on the feedback received.

Mental Health Considerations for Veterans in Programs

Needs Assessment
Conduct an initial assessment to understand the specific mental health needs of veterans entering the program. Partner with mental health professionals to develop individualized treatment plans.

Ensure program offerings cater to the unique needs of veterans. This includes offering evening or weekend sessions and utilizing telehealth options for remote participation.

Stigma Reduction
Create a safe and supportive environment where veterans feel comfortable seeking help for mental health concerns. Organize awareness campaigns and seminars to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health issues.

Peer Support
Integrate peer support groups into the program where veterans can connect with others who share similar experiences. Partner with veteran service organizations to connect veterans with peers.

Maintain strict confidentiality regarding veterans' mental health conditions.

By implementing these actionable steps with a focus on Minnesota resources and incorporating veterans in mental health programs, we demonstrate a strong commitment to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace that supports people and veterans at every stage of their journey.

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