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FSS/PPS 04.12 - FSS Policy for Diversity

FSS Policy for Diversity

FSS/PPS No. 04.12
Issue No. 3
Effective Date: 9/05/2017
Next Review Date: 12/01/2020 (E3Y)
Sr. Reviewer: Chair, FSS Diversity Committee; Assistant Vice President for Human Resources

  1. POLICY STATEMENTS

    1. Diversity: The Finance and Support Services Division (FSS) defines diversity as a process to include all individuals regardless of differences that set individuals apart. These differences include, but are not limited to, race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, veterans’ status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. Inclusion is an environment where individuals are valued for their talents, ideas, and perspectives. Equity is the fair treatment, access, and advancement of employees. Every individual varies in experiences. It is our goal to utilize those dynamic experiences to strengthen the workforce of Texas State University.

      Each FSS employee is a representative of our collection of valuable assets to the FSS Division. By valuing differences, we demonstrate our commitment to treating everyone with fairness and respect. It is important that all FSS employees set the standard for uniform application of university policies, procedures, regulations, work rules, and requirements.

    2. Code of Conduct: The FSS Division of Texas State is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence and facilitation of an environment that fosters inclusion. Central to that pursuit is the guiding principle of treating all employees with respect and fairness. To encourage all employees to uphold this principle of respect in accordance with UPPS No. 04.04.46, Prohibition of Discrimination. We also promote the idea of providing equal opportunities to all employees regardless of their differences. When actions are found to violate this pursuit, the appropriate division administrator will take prompt action in accordance with UPPS No. 04.04.40, Disciplining and Terminating Staff Employees.

  2. PURPOSE

    1. The purpose of this policy is to foster an environment, in every FSS department, that:

      1. Groups, as well as individuals, are appreciated for their differences;

      2. Employees understand and appreciate the backgrounds, culture, and perspectives of many different groups and leverage the uniqueness of each individual;

      3. Individuals reach beyond their own experiences to appreciate and work effectively with people different from themselves; and

      4. All employees receive support for reaching their full potential in pursuit of the university initiatives.

    2. FSS recognizes that diversity includes more than race, ethnicity, gender, age and nationality. It is not easy to accept the validity of another person’s values. Valuing diversity requires commitment to creating an inclusive environment, knowledge of our own biases, and information about the people we interact with in our business dealings. This reformation of practices will eventually change the perspectives within our departments.

  3. GOALS

    1. Establish inclusion and value diversity as core values which are practiced and communicated in all aspects of our business.

    2. Embrace equity, diversity, and inclusion principles to ensure fair representation and treatment of all employees.

    3. Establish a strategic plan for integrating diversity, inclusion, and equity principles into FSS operations, customer service, and daily interactions.

    4. Ensure equal employment opportunity and encourage professional development for all of our employees with an emphasis on gaining diversity-related skills and steps toward building inclusive work environments.

    5. Create an organizational culture that fosters individual understanding and accountability for learning about ourselves and appreciating employee differences.

  4. STRATEGY

    1. FSS must create an atmosphere of inclusion, thereby increasing the consciousness and appreciation of diversity, by demonstrating the respect for uniqueness of each individual.

      1. Acknowledge the changing demographics of our customers and the available workforce. Therefore, we commit to recruit, retain, develop, and promote highly capable and productive employees in an effort to be more responsive to the service needs of our customers. To achieve this goal, we combine the principles of quality and diversity. We will build and maintain inclusive, supportive work environments to ensure all employees achieve their full potential.

      2. Create initiatives that address diversity and include the full participation of all employees. We commit to providing excellent customer service. We can achieve this by fostering a workforce that values and reflects the diversity of our society.

      3. Provide training opportunities for managers and supervisors to learn diversity-related skills, understand the value of creating an inclusive workplace, and instilling an expectation that all employees will work in an environment that supports their ability to do their best work every day.

  5. REVIEWERS OF THIS PPS

    1. Reviewers of this PPS include the following:

      Position Date
      Chair, FSS Diversity Committee December 1 E3Y
      Assistant Vice President for Human Resources December 1 E3Y
  6. CERTIFICATION STATEMENT

    This PPS has been approved by the following individuals in their official capacities and represents Texas State Finance and Support Services policy and procedure from the date of this document until superseded. Chair, FSS Diversity Committee; co-senior reviewer of this PPS

    Assistant Vice President for Human Resources; co-senior reviewer of this PPS

    Vice President for Finance and Support Services