ARSHRM - Arkansas SHRM State Council

Promoting and Serving
the Human Resource Profession in Arkansas

SHRM -  Society for Human Resources Professionals


As Human Resources professionals, we have an important role in creating an environment where diversity is valued. We are responsible for monitoring and ensuring the integration of diversity in our workplaces. By doing so, we will witness strengthened workplaces, enhanced employee productivity and reduced litigation risks.

The ARSHRM diversity program’s purpose is to affirm diversity awareness amongst its affiliated chapters and within the state of Arkansas. Each affiliate chapter is responsible for at least one diversity-oriented program per year.

Per the Society for Human Resource Management:

"To celebrate diversity is to appreciate and value individual differences. SHRM strives to be the leader in promoting workplace diversity. Although the term is often used to refer to differences based on ethnicity, gender, age, religion, disability, national origin and sexual orientation, diversity encompasses an infinite range of individuals’ unique characteristics and experiences, including communication styles, physical characteristics such as height and weight, speed of learning and comprehension."

Diversity & Inclusion News

Dealing with diversity in the workplace means understanding and relating effectively with people who are different from you. The ability for a diverse group of people to build strength and unity through their diversity is the power that propels organizations into new dimensions of performance. Discussions of workplace diversity tend to start with the topics of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and disability. Indeed, organizations that want to thrive in the future will need to have employees and managers who are aware of and skilled in dealing with differences along these identity lines.

Another slice of diversity that is not always included in typical diversity discussions, however, is generational diversity. In any large organization, you are bound to find divisions, units, or work teams where five distinct generations are working side by side. Important differences have been identified between these generations in the way they approach work, work/life balance, employee loyalty, authority, and other important issues. For those reasons, an individual’s age is one of the most common predictors of differences in attitudes and behaviors. Different communication styles and work habits can create misunderstanding between coworkers, leading to conflict and disengagement.

These tips will help to create common ground among generations, but organizations are encouraged to develop policies and programs that will help meet each generation’s unique needs and expectations.

  1. Communicate appropriately, gearing messages for generational preferences.
  2. Create programs that encourage generations to work together and to share knowledge.
  3. Build diverse teams of all ages, gender, and cultures. These teams will learn to value and trust each other.
  4. Encourage leaders at all levels to be flexible in their management styles. Some generations want hands-off leaders, others want a more involved management style.



Diversity & Inclusion Update

Diversity & Inclusion Events

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities and educates them about the value of a diverse workforce inclusive of their skills and talents.

Oct. 9 - Columbus Day commemorates the arrival Christopher Columbus to America in 1492.

Oct. 10 - World Mental Health Day was established in 1992 by the World Federation for Mental Health. The purpose is to raise awareness of mental health issues, increase education on the topic and attempt to eliminate the stigma attached. 1 in 4 people will experience some kind of mental health problem during their lifetime.

Oct. 11 - Coming Out Day (LGBT) is an international event which gives gay, lesbian and bisexual individuals the opportunity to ‘come out’ to others about their sexuality. It also provides a means of increasing the visibility of gay people.

Oct. 12 - Dia de la Raza (Mexico) This day celebrates the Hispanic and Latino heritage in America.

Oct. 13 - U.S. Navy Birthday founded October 13, 1775. While ships, equipment and technology change, many customs remain the same. Including the bedrock. The Navy was founded on honor, courage and commitment.

Oct. 16 - World Food Day is a day of action dedicated to tackling global hunger. With over 150 countries around the world, who are dedicated to promote awareness of the need to provide enough nutritious food for all. It is a day to call on the general public to play a role in ending hunger and building a sustainable future for our planet.

Oct. 24 - United Nations Day is devoted to making known to people of the world the aims and achievements the United Nations organization.

Oct. 26 - Day of the Deployed honors all of the brave men and women who have been deployed, are sacrificing, or have sacrificed their lives to defend our country. The day also acknowledges their families who are separated from them during deployment and the sacrifices they make in order for their family members to serve our country.


Fun Days

Oct. 1 – National Homemade Cookies Day

Oct. 2 – National Custodial Worker Day

Oct. 4 – National Frappe Day

Oct. 6 – Mad Hatter Day

Oct. 7 – Bald and Free Day

Oct. 10 – International Newspaper Carrier Day

Oct. 11 – Take Your Teddy Bear to Work Day

Oct. 12 – National Gumbo Day

Oct. 13 – Friday the 13th

Oct. 14 – National Dessert Day

Oct. 16 – Bosses Day

Oct. 17 – Wear Something Gaudy Day

Oct. 19 – Evaluate Your Life Day

Oct. 21 – National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day

Oct. 22 – National Mother-In-Law Day

Oct. 24 – National Bologna Day

Oct. 25 – World Pasta Day

Oct. 27 – Frankenstein Friday

Oct. 28 – Make a Difference Day

Oct. 30 – Mischief Night

Oct. 31 – Halloween


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Diversity Resources:

SHRM Diversity Focus Area

SHRM Diversity Volunteer Resources Center

Diversity Inc.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Equal Opportunity Publications

Equal Pay for Working Women

Arkansas Diversity Council

Diversity First Jobs

Diversity Best Practices