Ever since we all watched the horrifying police murder in May, it seems that we all have a better understanding of what it’s like to be a George Floyd in America.
May 21st is World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development and is a globally celebrated day established within the United Nations in 2001. What’s sad is that 19 years later, we still need a reminder to celebrate diversity. This day was created to symbolize unity amongst cultures on a global scale and inspire ways for humanity to further sustainable and equitable development of all people. In a world where we are constantly deterring cultural appropriation, it’s vital that we begin celebrating our underrepresented communities without causing further pains. The current pandemic has positioned us with an opportunity to embrace cultural diversity through recruitment and redefine how we approach talent conversations.
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.
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.
As diversity and inclusion enthusiasts, we often look to the Diversity Heroes throughout history for guidance - those who paved the way with brave hearts and true ambition to create change in the world. Today specifically, we’re honoring Martin Luther King Jr., one of the most historically pivotal leaders in the Civil Rights Movement and a true catalyst for change. Dr. King’s work and mission has echoed loudly and provided a moral and ethical backbone so impactful initiatives could thrive today. And, that's how we do what we do.
As the holiday season is rounding out, we can’t help but notice the alarming dissatisfaction when someone simply says “Happy Holidays.” We thought this trampling hostility ended years ago, but, alas, here we are at the brink of an entirely new decade, spreading a message of cheer and getting pushback in return.