Diversity Committee

Committee Chair: Vacant Seat – Please contact vsea@vsea.org for more information.

VSEA Staff Liaison: Kelly Everhart, keverhart@vsea.org

The Ask

  • Vote to adopt the Purpose, Vision, and Mission statements of the VSEA Diversity Committee as: 
    • An endorsement of earnest work by the committee to represent the union in efforts to create a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive union;
    • A declaration of values that the union holds itself accountable to, and; 
    • Solidarity with underrepresented and/or marginalized members and the communities that they are a part of both inside and outside of work. 
  • Circulate the Purpose, Vision, and Mission statements of the VSEA Diversity Committee to the union membership via:
    • The VSEA website
    • The Week in Action
    • Social Media


Why does this group exist?

  • To promote the diversity of VSEA through awareness and education.
  • To raise up the voices of members who are underrepresented and/or marginalized within VSEA and to help facilitate a more inclusive work environment for all.


What does the future look like if the group is successful?

  • VSEA leadership recognizes the importance of a diverse, inclusive, and equitable union and responds proactively when the right to due process also harms members.
  • All VSEA members feel comfortable challenging problematic behaviors and expressing concerns when they arise.
  • Resources are provided that promote equitable access and opportunity for all VSEA members to achieve a just and prosperous union.
  • Policies are created that promote, support, and retain diversity and inclusion in VSEA leadership and the SoV workforce.


How are we going to make the group’s vision a reality? 

  • Invite/retain Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion speakers for regular presentations.
  • Build empathy by sharing stories of VSEA members and the social justice issues that personally affect them.
  • Show the historical and modern relationship between unions, the labor movement, and social justice movements.

Committee Documents:

Members Serving On Committee:

  • Beth Aiken
  • D Bouchard
  • Jenny Beth Cook
  • Wendy Critchlow
  • Kheya Ganguly
  • Veronica Golden
  • Marcie Hawkins
  • Naomi Henderson
  • Jackie Hickerson
  • Rachel Kennedy
  • Helen Linda
  • Michael Madill
  • Marcus Marena
  • Verma Martin
  • Caroline Massa
  • Erin McKenney
  • Maureen Mucha
  • Brianna Nalley
  • J. Deborah Ormsbee
  • Siobhan Perricone
  • Cheryl Reed
  • Janice Santiago
  • Bobbi Shutts

The committee will meet in accordance with the schedule established by the President.

Committee Goals:

  1. Assist VSEA members with understanding the benefits of, and promoting the goal of, a diverse workforce.
  2. Ensure VSEA is advocating and promoting management policies/procedures that promote diversity.
  3. Ensure that VSEA is offering sexual harassment and diversity training to its activists and members.
  4. Inform VSEA Board of, and encourage the union to sponsor and participate in diversity programs and events, including the statewide committee.

Questions About This Page?

Please email vsea@vsea.org.