Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Makes Us Stronger!
As a team on and off the court, we believe that every person deserves to bring their authentic self to work, safely and proudly.
As an organization we’re building bridges that connect our communities and create a space where remarkable resilience, innovation, creativity, and agility can be exemplified by people at every level.
To accomplish our overall goal of inclusion we have three areas of focus that allow us to be fully dedicated to understanding how we can be as socially responsible as possible.
In Our Workforce
We are creating space where open and honest dialogue can be exchanged so that we can better understand our challenges and express our efforts and progress around the diversity work that is already in motion.
In Our Workplace
Through providing Employee Resource Groups (ERG) that engage people on a variety of issues and creating the DEI Council to develop a unified DEI strategy across departments as well as offering quarterly training sessions, we are working together to make our organization a place to be proud of.
In Our Marketplace
We’re not only looking at how we work internally, we’re looking at who we work with outside of our organization by creating awareness, increasing access to qualified vendors, identifying the highest probability opportunities, and including more qualified diverse suppliers in our supply chain.
OUR AREAS OF FOCUS
EMPLOYEE RESOURCE GROUPS
DEI COMMON LANGUAGE
- Diversity: The various differences of social and personal identities that individuals hold that enrich society, organizations, and teams. Social identities are described as age, gender, race, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, disability, etc. Personal identities are values, beliefs, career, job title, physical features, etc.
- Intersectionality: The interconnectedness of multiple identity markers that all intersect to inform our worldview and shape our experience in the world.
- Workforce Diversity: Collective social categories and identity groups of an organization’s employee makeup (i.e. job level, race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, age, socioeconomic status, disAbility, geographical location, values, and beliefs).
- Behavioral Diversity: A range in which employees at an organization behave in the workplace (i.e. beliefs, values, attitudes, goals, job expectations, learning styles, organizational styles, work styles, thinking styles, and communication styles).
- Structural Diversity: Encompasses the varying differences and similarities across teams, units, groups, functions, and organizational levels that can impact performance, success, and belonging.
- Inclusion: This is achieved when all employees, regardless of social identity differences, are fully integrated into an organization (groups, activities, meetings, social gatherings) and are respected, valued, treated fairly, and have equal access to an organizations’ resources, opportunities, leadership, and success.
- Belonging: Acceptance as a natural member/part of a group or place with the feeling of support, security, comfort and welcomed participation.
- Engagement: The physical, mental, and emotional connection employees feel toward their organization, teams, and the work they do through involvement and participation in the workplace.
- Equity: Systems that acknowledge and understand the differences of everyone’s access to resources, advancement, opportunities, and treatment and seek to eliminate barriers and provide what people need based on these differences.
- Equality: Indicates a system that provides the same (or equal) opportunities, resources, and rights for all individuals.
- Courageous Conversations: Discussions that are often uncomfortable and difficult in which address topics such as differences, conflicts, and social issues that lead to alignment and understanding.
- Bias: An unreasonable and disproportionate prejudice to the benefit or detriment of an idea, person, or social group that can influence one’s actions both positively and negatively.
- Unconscious Bias: Beliefs, assumptions, and attitudes about different social and identity groups that exist outside an individual’s conscious awareness, influenced by one’s own prior experiences and perceptions.
- Ally: An individual who holds certain privileged identities, recognizes their privileges, and uses them to leverage their power and influence to support, champion, and advocate for individuals from marginalized groups.
2023 Holiday and Observances
- National Mentoring Month
- MLK Day (Jan. 16)
- Lunar New Year (Jan. 22)
- Black History Month
- National Girls and Women in Sports Day (Feb. 1)
- Women’s History Month
- International Women’s Day (March. 8)
- Ramadan (March. 22)
- National Volunteer Week (April. 15-21)
- Asian Pacific Heritage Month
- Jewish American Heritage Month
- Mental Health Awareness Month
- National Physical Fitness and Sports Month
- Cinco de Mayo (May. 5)
- Pride Month
- Caribbean-American Heritage Month
- Juneteenth (June. 19)
- Independence Day (July. 4)
- Back to School
- Women’s Equality Day (Aug. 26)
- Hispanic Heritage Month
- National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
- National Historically Black College and Universities Week (varies)
- Labor Day (Sept. 4)
- National Day of Service (Sept. 11)
- Rosh Hashanah (Sept. 16)
- Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. – Oct.)
- Indigenous People Day (Oct. 9)
- National Coming Out Day Oct. 11)
- Halloween (Oct. 31)
- Native American Indian Heritage Month
- Election Day (Nov. 7)
- Veterans Day (Nov. 11)
- Thanksgiving (Nov. 23)
- First Day of Hanukkah (Dec. 8)
- Christmas Eve (Dec. 24)
- Christmas (Dec. 25)
- Kwanzaa (Dec. 26)
- New Year’s Ever (Dec. 31)