As part of its latest efforts on diversity, equity and inclusion, Equitas Health has appointed Dwayne Steward as Interim Director of Human Resources and Culture.
The LGBTQ health care provider made the announcement on Tuesday. The new post was created in the wake of The Dispatch’s October 5 report on allegations of racial discrimination within the organization.
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“This appointment is an important and tangible step as Equitas Health takes swift action to support and strengthen our diversity and inclusion and human resources efforts,” said the announcement.
Last month, several senior Equitas executives resigned, including CEO Bill Hardy, as well as Daphne Kackloudis, former director of public policy and administration, and Carol Zimmer Clark, former senior director of marketing.
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Equitas appointed Robert Copeland as interim director of development and hired Lawrence & Bundy, a law firm with offices in Atlanta and Washington, DC, to conduct an independent investigation into the organization’s alleged racist culture.
Prior to his appointment as Director of Human Resources and Culture, Steward developed the organization’s HIV prevention strategy as Senior Director of Prevention Programs. His new role will focus on DCI sustainability, pay equity, an audit of human resources policies and an employee wellness initiative.
Steward began his new role on November 5.