March 11, 2024

Beyond Heritage and Observance Recognition Months

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Acknowledging and celebrating heritage and identity recognition months is extremely important. These designated times serve as reminders of past and current achievements and advancements, with each spotlight building awareness and understanding. However, the commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging should extend beyond the confines of designated months.

Individuals who identify with the celebrated heritages often take center stage on company blogs and social media platforms. While great for marketing and representation, are these individuals recognized for their year-round contributions? In what ways? Is there increased scrutiny towards Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) during heritage months in an effort to boost the company’s image? What ongoing support have ERGs received to contribute to their outputs? Even with the understanding that we can’t solve them all, are global issues affecting celebrated heritages even being acknowledged within organizations?

The commitment to learning and amplifying voices should be inherent in a company’s culture.

Recognizing the importance of addressing the varying factors that may affect employees’ sense of inclusion and belonging, and directly impact their mental health and performance, I, Diana Vasquez, founded Beyond Diversity Consulting. Beyond Diversity Consulting offers comprehensive solutions to foster Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) in workplaces. We believe in profound transformations rooted in knowledge, reflection, guidance, and action. Our philosophy aims to create lasting change in organizations, fostering environments where diversity thrives, voices are valued, and innovation flourishes.

As we navigate the complexities of DEI, let’s remember that it’s not confined to specific months or initiatives. It’s a continuous journey that demands ongoing dedication and action.

We invite you to scroll to the bottom of this page where you can download our free guide to adopting DEI Initiatives. This resource will help you assess your current practices and identify areas for improvement.

Consider scheduling a free discovery call with me to discuss your organization’s unique needs via the contact tab, and we’ll work together to create a customized plan for fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion within your organization.

Stay tuned for our next blog post, where we’ll delve deeper into setbacks in DEI and why it’s crucial to recognize that DEI is not dead.

Diana Vasquez is the Founder and CEO of Beyond Diversity Consulting LLC, a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Consulting company that equips leaders with the tools to transform their organizational culture to one where people who show up want to keep showing up.

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