Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

The BWL unconditionally denounces systemic racism and stands shoulder-to-shoulder with those who continue to suffer and lose their lives because of it. Racism has no home at the BWL. Instead, we choose to live our motto: Hometown People, being the diverse individuals - employees and customers alike, comprising the rich tapestry of the greater Lansing region; Hometown Power, our combined strength as we promote social justice, together, as one.

Dick Peffley, General Manager


The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee's purpose is to support the BWL’s mission and values by promoting shared, authentic values of inclusion, equity, respect and understanding of those we work with throughout our organization and community. Therefore, we will treat all people with dignity and fairness first. We will value diverse opinions and world views, and we will meet people where they are on their diversity and inclusion journey.

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The BWL staff and leadership, in collaboration with the City of Lansing, our governing Board of Commissioners, and the BWL Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee, are committed to ensuring an inclusive environment where all employees are respected and valued, and have an equal opportunity to develop, advance and be heard. We are committed to equitable treatment, and elimination of discrimination in all its forms, at all organizational levels. We acknowledge and honor the fundamental value and dignity of all people, including our customers and whose with whom we do business, and pledge ourselves to creating and maintaining an environment that respects diverse traditions, heritages and experiences.

Examples of Change

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee

Created Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee that actively recruits members representing all aspects of diversity, dedicated to promoting shared, authentic values of inclusion, equity, respect and understanding

DEI Strategic Plan

Developed a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion strategic plan as a roadmap to achieve a greater culture of inclusion, respect and understanding

Diversity Training

Ongoing diversity training for every employee, beginning in 2019, focused on four core areas:

  • Understanding generations in the workplace
  • Cultural Intelligence
  • Identifying and removing stereotypes, biases and isms
  • Identifying and Removing microaggressions

Top Down Support

Support from general manager, with communications encouraging effective employee dialogue

Internal & External Speakers

Continue diversity related talks with hosted guest speakers, employee “fireside chats,” and open access to internal communication channels

Community Sponsor

Sponsor of several diversity and cultural events in the greater Lansing region

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