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Diversity Calendars Support DEI Initiatives

By: Amy DeBruyn, SHRM-CP (she/her), HR Consultant, Insight HRM

Diversity Calendars Support DEI Initiatives

Amy DeBruynWould you like to support diversity and cultural competence within your organization but not sure where to start? Consider implementing a diversity calendar and making it part of your organization’s important dates announcements and celebrations.

A diversity calendar is a useful tool to assist in acknowledging, honoring, and/or celebrating the historical, cultural, and religious events of diverse groups. There are a variety of diversity calendars available for free download or purchase. Some even contain programming guides for a variety of important dates and events to assist with planning.

Implementing a diversity calendar takes an organization’s DEI initiatives past compliance and policy and into an active participant mode. Rather than a subtle attempt to include more diversity within an organization or having a passive policy about the importance of diversity, a diversity-themed event often is an opportunity to learn, brings everyone together, and reinforces the organization’s commitment to developing its cultural competence.

Don’t forget to personalize your calendar. For example, I set up a reminder to begin program planning for Juneteenth on 5/1.

Diversity calendars also help raise awareness regarding accommodating cultural and religious needs in the workplace and provide an opportunity to anticipate and address such needs.

I really like this calendar from Diversity Movement and it includes links to several downloadable programming guides, but there are many others available online to choose from!

Visit insighthrm.com to review additional resources or contact info@insighthrm.com for solutions with your human resources practices.

About Amy DeBruyn
Amy DeBruyn is an HR Consultant with Insight HRM. She has a background in Healthcare, Non-Profits, Accounting and Payroll, Higher Education, and Manufacturing. Amy also serves on the Human Resource Association of Southeast Michigan’s Board of Directors as the Diversity Director where she shares Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion workplace initiatives and best practices with other HR leaders. She has presented topics of special interest including Gender Roles in the Workplace, LGBTQ+, Neurodiversity in the Workplace, and Unconscious Bias.
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