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Haitian Heritage Month & More


Thank goodness May is one of the longer months of the year, as it honors so many unique dimensions of diversity.

As we celebrate Haitian Heritage Month (among other notable celebrations that we’ll mention below), I thought it might be good to highlight the origin of the picture we’ve all seen around the internet. The picture is of Cadet Alix Idrache, an immigrant from Haiti, at his graduation from West Point in 2016. His story, which happens to be our Simply Good article for this issue, includes his thoughts on growth, discomfort, and cultural trendsetting.

As I said before, the cultural observances in May cover such a wide breadth of people groups that I would be hard-pressed to dedicate the time and attention that each deserves in this space. For example, May is Jewish-American Heritage MonthMental Health Month, and also includes the Day Against Homophobia and Transgender Day.

While we can’t cover all of these observances today, I do want to provide some resources that tie them all together. The Transgender Care Listings provides a collection of resources specifically for the Jewish transgender community. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health also has a host of resources to provide mental health support to those in the LGBTQ+ community. Although I haven’t had the opportunity to fully vet the resources on these sites, I want to encourage anyone who identifies with these communities to know that guidance and support are available.

In honor of Equal Pay Day for Asian American Women (yes, that is also observed this month), my Simply Diversity article briefly dives into the pay disparity amongst Asian American women and culminates in a discussion about the inadequacies of labels.

Finally, I hope you will join me for a discussion about my book, UNBIAS: Addressing Unconscious Bias in the Workplace on May 24. Check out What’s Happening for more details!

With appreciation,

Stacey Gordon, MBA
Rework Work CEO


How Labels Hide the Real Data on Diversity

Labels are insufficient because they fail to capture the myriad intersecting identities we all hold.

Do you ever feel like your whole identity is recognized and celebrated??

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American Dream: The Journey of a Haitian Immigrant Turned US Army Black Hawk Pilot

Learn about the journey of Alix Idrache, a Haitian immigrant who became a U.S. Army Black Hawk pilot.

A newly minted West Point graduate, Alix Idrache was not expecting May 24, 2016, to be a particularly exceptional day. “I was having a regular day. I just graduated, I’m really happy,” he said. But then he logged on to his Facebook account — “I had HUNDREDS of friend requests. I was like, ‘Who are these people?'”

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Greenhouse: Open Conference

Date: May 24-25, 2022
Time: 9:30-5:15

The Open Conference provides hands-on training, live workshops and renowned guest speakers, to provide attendees with innovative strategies to hire for what’s next.

On Tuesday, May 24, from 12:15 – 1:30 pm, join me in person or online as I discuss my book, UNBIAS: Addressing Unconscious Bias at Work.

Not yet a member of Rework Work’s online community? Join us for full access to even more resources that will enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion in your workplace.

Haitian Heritage Month & More
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