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     NOLA SHRM Diversity Moment

    July 2019


    The United States of America

         Union Pacific was the first transcontinental railroad, with a route that ran from the east coast through the mid west to the west coast. In 1945 when WWII was coming to an end, Union Pacific Railroad sponsored a radio show called Your America. The show featured true stories of Americans at work and at war. Our nation has always found ways to unite. In 1945 it was the railroad that united the east coast to the west coast. In 1964 is was the Civil Rights Act. In 1990 it was the Americans with Disabilities Act. In 2009 it was the election of our first African American President. In 2015 it was the legalization of gay marriage. I could go on and on but, I think you get the point. It's in our nature to be united. We are the United States of America

         This month's article was inspired by Union Pacific's radio show. During the month of July when we're celebrating our nation's independence, I thought it would be a great idea to share our stories with each other. True stories of Americans at work. As you reflect on what "Your America" story looks like, think about your family's history, traditions and values and share your story with us. It's our stories that connect and reconnect us. Through our individual stories we come to the realization that we are more alike than we are different. Share "Your America" story by clicking the link below.

    Submit your story here  The Deadline to submit your story is July 31, 2019. 

         As a gesture of thanks, all submissions will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of 3 gift cards. Winners will be announced on August 2nd on NOLA SHRM's Facebook page. All stories submitted will be published in the forthcoming months on this page, so stay tuned. 

    May 2019 

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    April 2019
    Sound the alarm, get the streamers out, make some noise. April is Celebrate Diversity Month

    In the last decade Diversity & Inclusion has become a hot button item in organizations. Creating diverse and inclusive workplaces isn’t just a “nice” thing to do. Research shows that workforce diversity can bring about an increase in productivity, competitive advantages and increase employee morale. It's clear that our workplaces benefit when we strive to create workplaces were everyone feels like a welcomed essential part of the team. 

    Celebrating our individual differences and similarities, helps us to get a deeper understanding of each other. This month we challenge you to focus on ways you can recognize and honor the diversity surrounding us all. Not sure where to start? Read this SHRM article, "6 Steps for Building an Inclusive Workplace". 

    Looking to expand your understanding of diversity? Here are some good books to add to your corporate library.  

    •  “Change the Way You See Everything” (Kathryn D. Cramer and Hank Wasiak)
    • “El Deafo” (Cece Bell)
    • “Esperanza Rising” (Pam Munoz Ryan)
    • “Just Mercy” (Brian Stevenson)

    March 2019

    National Women's History Month celebrates the contributions of extraordinary women and the ways they have impacted our society. Women like Victoria Woodhull, the first woman to run for President; Alice Paul, who organized the first-ever march on Washington D.C.'s National Mall; Mary Church Terrell, who established the National Association of Colored Women; and Patsy T. Mink, who at thirty one years old became both the first Japanese-American woman admitted to the Hawaii Bar Association and to serve in the Hawaii territorial House of Representatives. You can learn more about these trailblazers and others at The Smithsonian's Woman's History Initiative

    These women and so many more I could name have made a huge difference in our society. It's because of their stories we have the opportunity to highlight some of our own. 

    Like Betty Reid Soskin. This 96 year old New Orleans native is the nation's oldest National Park Service Ranger. And that's not all ya'll. Mrs. Soskin is also an activist, pioneer and author. Her new memoir, 'Sign My Name to Freedom' reflects on the many lives she's lived. The National Audubon's feature on Mrs. Soskin gives you a glimpse of her fierceness. Let's not forget, Latoya Cantrell, the city's first female Mayor in the 300 year history of New Orleans. We're excited about what her legacy will bring to the city.

    Take time this month to recognize the importance of gender representation, and women in your organization who are doing things worth celebrating. For ideas on ways your office can celebrate this month click here. 

    February 2019

    In Louisiana, Mardi Gras is a "BIG" party. It's all about music, parades, family fun, picnics, floats, and throws. It's a great time to invite everyone to the party and ask them to dance! One local organization is doing just that, Arc of Greater New Orleans (ArcGNO). For over 30 years, ArcGNO has created wage-earning jobs for individuals with intellectual disabilities by collecting, sorting, & repackaging Mardi Gras throws. They work to secure for all people with intellectual disabilities opportunities to develop, function, and live to their fullest potential. Click here for more information on how you can support their mission. 

    New Orleans is a melting pot of diverse history. There are many great opportunities to foster diversity and inclusion in our community. If you pick an area of responsibility and focus on it, it is by definition an act of inclusion, and depending on the focus can really move the needle in terms of diversity and inclusion as well. Perhaps your focus this month, Black History Month, would find you touring the Whitney Plantation or learning the history of Congo Square. Something really powerful and beautiful happens when we make a conscious effort towards change. Click here for some interesting places you could visit in honor of Black History Month.

    Below are additional resources that can help you move the needle in your organization.

    January 2019

       Diversity and the Holidays

    Click here to find out more info!