Perkins has been honored with the 2012 Workforce Diversity Initiative Award in recognition of its comprehensive campaign to enhance the diversity and inclusiveness of its staff.
“We’re honored to accept this award on behalf of everyone at Perkins, because they demonstrate every day that diversity creates a more dynamic, rewarding and productive workplace,” said Perkins President Steven M. Rothstein.
Perkins’ diversity initiative, which was launched several years ago, impacts every aspect of the hiring and retention process – from job advertisements to career advancement, said Julie DeLillo, Director of Human Resources at Perkins.
“Our goal is to hire exceptional employees that represent the broadest spectrum of cultural, ethnic, racial and faith communities, as well as people with disabilities,” DeLillo said. “Once new employees join the team, we have policies in place to welcome, support and promote people of all backgrounds.”
Perkins makes available accessible equipment and resources to ensure staff with visual or other impairments have the tools they need to succeed, said DeLillo.
“Accessibility is especially important at Perkins, since a significant number of employees, including department heads, teachers and support staff, are visually impaired,” she said. “Being a school for the blind and deafblind, we are committed to providing as many opportunities as we can to people who are visually and/or hearing impaired.”
Perkins also stresses the importance of respect in the workplace, said DeLillo. “We expect every staff member to respect each other through their actions and words, regardless of the other person’s background. We encourage every staff member to celebrate the diversity of the remarkable people they work with.”
The Boston Business Journal’s Leaders in Diversity Awards is an annual program that recognizes Massachusetts companies and businesspeople for their leadership in promoting inclusiveness and economic opportunity. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, TD Bank and the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority were also honored at the Friday ceremony.