DEIA Policy

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HRDC Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility Policy

Purpose, Values, and Commitments

Purpose Statements

At HRDC, we envision a place where poverty has no impact because opportunities and quality of life are equally afforded to everyone. Achieving our mission of equitable opportunity for all requires mutual respect, continuous learning, and meaningful inclusion in the face of historic and present-day exclusion.

We will not tolerate discrimination, biases, harassment, microaggressions, or bullying of any kind, regardless of race, socio-economic status, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, nationality, gender, or marital status. We are an organization that celebrates the richness of our community and acknowledges the diversity within it. We value lived experience and nontraditional backgrounds.

Our work at HRDC often involves addressing economic inequalities in our community, and we cannot fight for economic justice and equal opportunity if we do not fight for social justice. We stand in solidarity with the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) and LGBTQ+ demanding justice in our community and nationwide.


  1. Diversity: We recognize and champion all aspects of diversity and
    intersectionality of our community
  2. Equity: By honoring the unique circumstances and needs of each person, we are dedicated to impartial, just opportunities for all
  3. Inclusion: We meet people where they’re at and provide a welcoming space for all who engage with HRDC
  4. Accessibility: We prioritize breaking down all barriers to service access


In alignment with our organizational mission, we commit to:

  • On-going education to become strong allies
  • Fair, respectful and dignified treatment of others
  • Creating opportunities for our community to thrive
  • On-going evaluation of changes needed to ensure physical, cognitive,
    linguistic, and learning accessibility
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Brooke Poole

Public Sector

Since 2015, Brooke has been working with Allergan Aesthetics, Body Contouring. In 2018, Brooke began her role as Senior Manager of Training. Brooke graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Commercial Photography from Appalachian State University in 2011.

Brooke began her role on our Board in 2019. However, she feels it’s more fitting to say that she gets to serve on our Board. For Brooke, an evening at our Fork & Spoon was her first glance into our organization’s powerful work. As Brooke states, joining the Board has only expanded her appreciation for the caliber of people leading our mission and the impact of our vast ecosystem of services. While metrics alone are impressive, Brooke likes to visualize each number as an individual example of support – an extension of a helping hand, a moment of relief – given to one of our neighbors. She is grateful for the opportunity to participate in shaping HRDC’s future.

Although Brooke spends most of her volunteer time with HRDC, she was fortunate enough to build with Habitat for Humanity over the course of the summer in 2020. Her favorite place to spend time is anywhere under the Big Sky, although Hyalite may be her favorite place on Earth.

Ron Brey

Public Sector

Ron served as Bozeman’s Assistant City Manager from 1990 to 2008. After retiring, Ron joined our Board in 2011. Ron received his Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Montana in 1977, and his Masters in Science in Rural, Town, and Regional Planning from the University of Montana in 1987.

During his time with the City of Bozeman, Ron saw the important role that HRDC has played in our community. Ron has seen that HRDC provides necessary social services to assure that all Bozeman residents could obtain housing, food, training, employment and the other necessities of life. He also came to understand that HRDC was always able to respond immediately as new community needs arose. Ron believes that the dedication, hard work, and compassion of HRDC’s staff make it a real honor to serve on the Board.

Ron also serves on the Trails, Open Space and Parks Committee for the City of Bozeman, and as a volunteer with the Red Cross. One of Ron’s favorite activities is walking his beloved dog every day, enjoying many of Bozeman’s trails and parks, like Burke Park, Bozeman Creek, and the Hyalite and Mount Ellis areas. Ron and his wife Claire enjoy spending their days with family, friends, and time outdoors.