Asian-American Pacific Islander Heritage Month was established in 1978 by a joint congressional resolution to honor the traditions and raise awareness within and around this remarkable community. To celebrate this month, we gathered some of the most interesting facts surrounding the Asian-American and Pacific Islander communities. Historically, AAPI’s have overcome so much and it’s only fitting that we honor their progress.
As talent professionals and HR leaders, we have a responsibility to tend and care for the planet that surrounds us. Much like our world, our hiring landscape has experienced many changes over time. We have built foundations for new processes, we’ve demolished procedures, shaken up metrics, and tapped into new wells to source talent.
When I was still in school studying for my masters in tech management I was one of very few female students. During my time, the faculty was predominantly male, however, I found comfort in one of my professors, a female electrical engineer. This professor worked closely with the US Navy and was a total badass when it came to development, design and algorithms. A true role model who succeeded in areas that many others didn’t even try. A true inspiration in a time where female engineers were considered to be an urban myth.
Let’s be honest, we all know how difficult hiring can be. Going through the process of sourcing quality candidates and placement in open positions can lead to feelings of anguish and despair. That alone can drive a hiring manager mad and we haven’t even mentioned retention. Aside from sourcing, by the end of the hiring process companies are usually out a pretty penny and many times miss out on great talent that simply wasn’t handled in the right manner.
When Halloween comes around each year, the scariest thing that happens without a doubt, is appropriation. Over the years, we’ve seen things like Black Face, moccasins and headdresses, sombreros and hijabs, gypsy costumes and more all being worn inappropriately to celebrate the masquerading holiday. Underrepresented and misrepresented groups have been experiencing costume-based discrimination for centuries and yet it continues to show itself right on schedule.
Since being introduced to the public in the late 1920s, television has been a mirror to societal shifts. TV has provided an outlet for society to take a step forward, implement change and alter the course of events.
Diversity is one of the many things that can either drive corporate America forward or bring it to a screeching halt if it’s lacking. Diversity means difference, experience, culture and so many other things and gives our workforce an intricacy that provides meaningful results. In other words, there are several reasons you should diversify your office and we’ve got the breakdown for you here.