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 Month, Mental 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!
Stacey Gordon, MBA
Rework Work CEO