Seeking Equity & Inclusion Consultant

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Seeking Equity & Inclusion Consultant

Mon, 09/27/2021 - 3:16am -- tim

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) has announced and released a Request for Proposals for a consultant to help the Agency build upon work initiated by Agency staff relating to inclusion, diversity, equity and accountability. Since the summer of 2020, VAAFM staff have engaged in internal discussions focused on individual and collective learning; internal Agency policies, practices, and culture; and the Agency’s approaches to serving and interacting with constituents, partners, and the public.

VAAFM is now seeking professional guidance to help the Agency move into a new phase of this work to make equity a core principle of VAAFM’s work, aligning with the recommendations of the Racial Equity Brief of the Vermont Agriculture & Food System Strategic Plan 2021-2030. 

The consultant will establish a robust baseline understanding of the current conditions around justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion within VAAFM and with VAAFM’s stakeholders/constituents and will develop and implement a plan to improve engagement and outcomes across the Agency and in the Vermont food system.

View Details and the Full Request for Proposal
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