“It’s not the violence of the few that scares me. It’s the silence of the many.”
Dr. Martin Luther King
“The racial injustice in our country has prompted me to take a stand and no longer sit on the sidelines, but rather be a positive, proactive participant in helping provide better opportunity for those who have been at a disadvantage due to their race or ethnic background.”
Steve Deacon, June 5, 2020
Deacon’s core values have remained the same since the beginning of our company in 1981: treat every relationship with honesty & fairness, teamwork, open communication, and cooperation. Deacon’s DEI Committee will follow these same core values and will support Deacon Construction in its effort to be a more diverse and culturally responsive company.
DEI Program Overview
As individuals, we always have the opportunity to make our own decisions when we encounter injustice. As a company, we have always had a strong commitment to fairness, and that won’t change. What is changing is that we will now reach out and proactively provide access to some of the benefits that might come from working with our company.
Our program currently consists of the following initiatives. We expect these to evolve as time goes on.
- Connect with Minority-Owned Businesses and help them understand how to do business with us. Provide mentoring and support when possible.
- Work with High Schools/Trade Schools/Career Development Programs. Focus on schools or programs with significant BIPOC populations to help make them aware of construction as a career option. Assist with how best to access our industry.
- Connect with Colleges and Universities, and their BIPOC Cultural Associations, to introduce Deacon as a potential place to work.
Please contact us if you have opportunities that align with our DEI committee initiatives.
Deacon is also committed to providing opportunities to BIPOC and minority-owned subcontractors. Find out more about our outreach to subcontractors here.