Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation is dedicated to creating a workforce
that is inclusive of individuals from diverse backgrounds.
To accomplish this, in 2021 we launched the Pathway Project, our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) strategy, to become a more equitable and inclusive organization—and in turn, better serve and reflect the needs of our employees and prospective talent.
Through the Pathway Project, we aspire to create strategic pathways for underrepresented demographics to join the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation as staff, volunteers, patients, caregivers, healthcare professionals, and more. Everyone will be celebrated, have equal access to opportunities and resources, and be able to fully contribute to their and our organization’s success.
We seek to achieve the following objectives through our DEI initiatives:
- Inclusion and belonging: We seek to advance our company culture through education and awareness, so all employees feel welcomed, respected, and valued.
- Talent acquisition and development: We are dedicated to increasing the hiring, development, and promotion of underrepresented demographics.
- Affinity groups: We know that our employees have unique lived experiences and needs. That’s why we welcome the creation of Employee Resource Groups (ERG) to support the diverse backgrounds of our staff and ensure we provide an inclusive work environment and opportunities for all to become allies.
- Supplier diversity: We are dedicated to expanding our DEI work not just among our staff and within the IBD community but also with the companies that we do business with. We are focused on expanding the work we do with woman and minority-owned businesses that provide relevant services that meet our needs.
- Metrics: To assess our success in the DEI space, we seek to determine our demographic breakdown and utilize relevant metrics to discern if our DEI initiatives are making an impact, both internally and externally.
Below, we've detailed the strides we've made—along with the crucial work that's yet to be done. You can also learn more about the Foundation's efforts to cultivate diversity and inclusion among our patient, caregiver, and healthcare communities.
What we are doing
In striving to become a more inclusive organization, we've implemented several initiatives since 2021. You can read more about each one in the list below.
Ready to make an impact on the lives of the millions of Americans affected by Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis? Check out our current job openings by clicking here. You can learn more about our organization and culture here.