L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs

L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs


Promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion

The Wilder School and the Center for Public Policy have a long history of promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion within our community and across Virginia. By consolidating these efforts, we further develop our capacity and offerings in research, training, and leadership activities related to diversity, equity and inclusion. These programs leverage the expertise of Center for Public Policy faculty and researchers as we work with state and local governments, as well as with businesses and nonprofits, to create a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive commonwealth.

Impact analysis and training

Among our core values is the promotion of equity and inclusion – both within our school and throughout the commonwealth. Expanding upon existing frameworks, we have established the Impact Analysis and Training program to assist state and local agencies in advancing equity and inclusion within their organizations. This program consists of four training and evaluation options that may be conducted individually or in phases.

Policy review
Current agency policy reviews are conducted through an equity and inclusion lens; this includes policies related to service delivery, hiring practices, budgeting, and grievance procedures. Following this review, the agency receives a report and list of recommendations based on findings. Policy reviews typically last one to three weeks per division.

Agency-wide climate survey
Agency-wide climate surveys gauge employee opinions and perceptions of the agency’s climate and culture, and provides an understanding of how employees view the agency’s mission, vision, and goals as they relate to equity and inclusion. If desired, the results of this survey, along with information gathered during the policy review, may be used as guidance during the creation of targeted trainings. These surveys and the subsequent report of results are provided within one month.

Targeted training
Aimed at both agency executives and agency staff, targeted training addresses issues identified by organization members and provides a better understanding of how the organization can promote equity and inclusion moving forward. The timing and length of these trainings will vary based on agency and need.

Evaluation conducted following the implementation of recommendations and targeted training show initial results and can provide a plan for moving forward. Two additional climate surveys, one at six months and one at one year, can also be conducted to provide a more comprehensive evaluation.