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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


August Diversity

August is Family Fun Month. Use your imagination, spend time together and have fun !! Post on social media using #FamilyFunMonth to encourage others to join in.


August 4: Barack Obama’s Birthday: We celebrate the birthday of the U.S.’s first Black president. Some of his most notable achievements include the Affordable Care Act, the Paris climate change agreement, and Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA). He was also awarded a Nobel Peace Prize in 2009 for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.


August 9: International Day of the World’s Indigenous People: This day was created by the UN to celebrate the culture of indigenous people around the world. Here are a few recommendations to incorporate this August diversity celebration at your workplace…

  1. Educating yourself by listening to podcasts and radio programs that highlight indigenous voices
  2. Supporting indigenous artists
  3. Donating to indigenous-led solutions
  4. Taking action to protect indigenous land defenders
  5. Learning about indigenous language poetry


August 30: Al-Hijri: Al-Hijri marks the start of the New Year in the Muslim faith. It begins on the evening of August 29 and ends on the evening of August 30. To celebrate this religious holiday, Muslims will make resolutions and spend time with family just like others would on January 1. However, it’s important to note that there’s a significant difference in how the holiday is celebrated between the two sects of Islam (Shiites and Sunnis).


August 15: Feast of the Assumption: This Roman Catholic feast day is often known as simply “The Assumption.” It’s a holy day that marks the Virgin Mary’s bodily ascent into heaven at the end of her life. Depending on the country, this day may be celebrated by festivals, fireworks, and colorful street processions.


August 18: Birth of Lord Krishna: This August multicultural holiday is also called Janmashtami. It celebrates the birth of one of the most popular deities in the Hindu faith. People celebrate by fasting, singing hymns, visiting temples, preparing feasts, and praying together. Discover more interfaith events with our list of key religious holidays 2022.


August 24: Marlee Matlin’s Birthday: Marlee Matlin is the only hearing-impaired actor to win the Oscar for Best Actor or Best Actress. This is a big win for people with disabilities and shows just how significant representation is. Here are some ways you can be inclusive of deaf culture:

  1. Speak directly to people instead of their interpreter
  2. Look directly into the camera when speaking
  3. Make sure that only one person speaks at a time
  4. Take meeting minutes and have them distributed


August 26: Women’s Equality Day: Each year on August 26 we celebrate Women’s Equality Day. It commemorates American women gaining the right to vote in 1920. It was passed in Congress in 1973. To celebrate, we suggest creating a women’s mentoring program at your office, donating to a women-focused cause, or checking out a book from the library on your favorite iconic woman. Strengthen your workforce by fostering gender sensitivity and inclusion with our diversity training.


August 31: Ganesh Chaturthi: Our August multicultural calendar includes Ganesh Chaturthi, a 10-day Hindu festival that celebrates the birth of Lord Ganesha. Lord Ganesha is the God of new beginnings and a fresh start and the festival normally lasts 10 days long. If you need a fresh beginning this August, consider learning more about this practice and celebrating the festival.

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