HRC Launches Jewish Organization Equality Index
November 21, 2011 by Paul Guequierre
HRC is launching the first-of-its-kind Jewish Organization Equality Index (JOEI) survey. JOEI is modeled after HRC’s Corporate Equality Index and Healthcare Equality Index, and measures LGBT-inclusion at Jewish non-profit organizations.
HRC first announced the formation of JOEI in January 2011. Shortly thereafter, HRC hired a program manager who has spent the past ten months consulting with leaders in the Jewish community, executives of Jewish non-profit organizations and members of the clergy on how to most effectively rate Jewish nonprofit organizations on their workplace policies related to LGBT employees. The work also will include an assessment of organizations’ cultural competency in delivering services to the LGBT community, such as whether the agency has inclusive language and messaging for LGBT clients, members, students, campers, youth, or parents.
The final JOEI report, due in the spring of 2012, will focus on accomplishments and highlight opportunities for improvement within organizations and the community as a whole in a non-punitive framework that encourages education, dialogue, and improvement.
The survey is open to all Jewish community non-profit organizations. Participants have until March to complete the survey. Any organization interested in participating in the survey can email HRC Foundation staff at JewishEquality@hrc.org or can visit www.hrc.org/joei.
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