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

March is National Women's History Month

Frederick Douglass

Although many of the accomplishments and contributions of women have been lost from the history books, women have played a vital role in the course of human civilization. From raising families to leading armies, women have made untold contributions to history. Please take a moment to view some of the remarkable women in History.


Diversity & Inclusion Events

March is National Women's Month and honors the contributions of women in history and contemporary society.

Mar. 1 Ash Wednesday - is the first day of lent and occurs 46 days before Easter. Ash Wednesday derives its name from the practice of placing ashes on the foreheads of adherents as a sign of mourning and repentance to God.

Mar. 3 Navy Reserve Birthday - First created in response to the outbreak of WWI, legislation for the creation of the Naval Reserve Force was passed on March 3, 1915. The Navy Reserve delivers global operational support to the fleet and combat forces.

Mar. 5 Seabee Birthday - This year will mark its 76th Birthday. Seabees are naval specialists who help construct everything from airfields to hospitals and barracks, dating back to WWII.

Mar. 8 International Women’s Day - means different things to people, yet maintains a global focus on equality and celebration. Throughout ancient and modern history, women have collaborated to lead purposeful action to redress inequality in the hope of a better future for their communities, children and themselves.

Mar. 9 World Kidney Day - aims to raise awareness of the importance of our kidneys to our overall health, and to reduce the frequency and impact of kidney disease and its associated health problems.

Mar. 13 National K-9 Veterans Day - Military dogs are commended for their loyalty and devotion and are known for placing themselves in harm’s way even to the point of making the ultimate sacrifice.

Mar. 17 St. Patrick’s Day - dates back to the early 17th century when it was made an official Christian feast day by the Catholic Church. Irish-American immigrants brought St. Patrick’s Day to the United States.

Mar. 22 World Water Day - Water is the essential building block of life. But it is more than just essential to quench thirst or protect health; water is vital for creating jobs and supporting economic, social, and human development.

Mar. 31 Cesar Chavez Day - recognizes the American farm worker, labor leader and civil rights activist, who co-founded the National Farm Workers Association.

Fun Days

Mar. 1 World Compliment Day

Mar. 2 Old Stuff Day

Mar. 6 Dentist’s Day

Mar. 7 Cereal Day

Mar 8 Proofreading Day

Mar. 11 Submarine Day

Mar. 12 Check your Batteries Day

Mar. 14 Int’l Ask a Question Day

Mar. 16 Absolutely Incredible Kid Day

Mar. 20 World Storytelling Day

Mar. 24 Chocolate Covered Raisins Day

Mar. 30 Take a Walk in the Park Day

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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