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DIVERSITY:  Why We Care?

By embedding the Diversity & Inclusion strategy into the global business strategy, we continue to leverage and maintain strong leadership support, a compelling business relevance and action plans that lead to attraction, engagement, retention and advancement for colleagues.

Through this, we create a sustainable strategy that points the way for Diversity & Inclusion to add value to the business, talent, operational strategies and objectives for any organization.

For information about Diversity & Inclusion programs for your worksite, please contact

Kim Braithwaite at KimberlyBraithwaite@gvcshrm.org.

Do you have an upcoming diversity and inclusion event or topic that you would like to share?

Email us today at Diversity@gvcshrm.org!

SHRM Diversity News

How One Nonprofit Helps Blind Workers Find Jobs

A nonprofit in Alexandria, Va., has paired employees who have visual impairments with services jobs in support of the federal government. Many of these workers have...

How the Term ‘Work-Life Balance’ Is Changing for the Youngest Group of Workers

the most important non-financial benefit for younger workers was flexibility in scheduling and the ability to work away from the office.

Monkeypox and LGBTQ Workers: How to Avoid Stigmatizing Gay and Bisexual Employees

Learn why monkeypox is not a “gay disease” and how spreading accurate, data-driven information can reduce stigma associated with the virus.

White House Aims to Reinstate Health Care Protections for LGBTQ Workers, Other Groups

A proposed rule by the White House would reverse a Trump-era regulation by restoring gender identity and sexual orientation as categories protected from discrimination...

Equity Audits Address Racism in the Workplace

More companies are looking to address racism in the workplace by conducting formal racial equity audits.

Viewpoint: Which Metrics Can Organizations Use to Monitor the Progress of Women in Virtual Work Arrangements?

How can companies continue offering virtual work arrangements without compromising the career advancement of female employees? Dashboard metrics could help.

What Team Sports Can Teach Us About DE&I

Achieving diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) in the workplace continues to be a challenge for most organizations. Despite a substantial investment of time and money,...

How to Avoid Discrimination Lawsuits

An Applebee’s franchisee in Plant City, Fla., agreed to pay $100,000 in monetary relief after being accused of subjecting a Black, gay worker to racial and homophobic...

How to Create a Diversity Scorecard

Many companies nationwide have begun incorporating diversity scorecards and have championed their efficacy in creating a thriving workforce. Learn more about diversity...

Does Your Company Offer Hearing Benefits?

A recent survey showed that 3 in 4 employers did not offer hearing benefits. Learn the importance of offering hearing benefits and additional tips for supporting workers...

Diversity Officers to CEOs: This Is What We Need

Hiring a chief diversity officer is a significant step toward creating change in the workplace. But these skilled professionals need support and resources from business...

When Should Service Dogs Come to Work?

On June 30, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued Hobby Lobby for refusing to reasonably accommodate an employee who requested the use of a service dog.

McDonald’s Franchisee to Pay $1.6 Million in Sexual-Harassment Case

A New England-area McDonald’s franchisee must pay $1.6 million in damages for failing to protect workers from a manager who sexually harassed them over several years at...

Cancer Cases on the Rise: Here’s What Employers Should Know

The COVID-19 pandemic has contributed to an increase in cancer cases nationwide. Learn which demographics are at increased risk of being diagnosed and what employers can...

The Class of 2022 Is Ready to Work—on Their Terms

The college graduates of 2022 are entering a labor market where jobs are plentiful. That means these in-demand candidates can be more selective.

Race and Roe: Black Women Talk Effects of Court Decision

Many Black women have expressed shock and outrage over the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. Learn about how the reversal of Roe can create additional...

SHRM Chief of Staff Joins EEOC Discussion on Skills-Based Hiring

On June 28, Emily Dickens, chief of staff for the Society for Human Resource Management, participated in a roundtable discussion that explored how employers have...

Menopause: What Employers Need to Know

Nearly 20 percent of U.S. workers with menopause have quit or considered leaving a job due to their symptoms. Yet menopause is seldom discussed or supported in the...

Viewpoint: Are Your Organization's DEI Efforts Superficial or Structural?

What can organizations do to determine if their diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives are actually putting racial and gender equity at the center of the...

CROWN Act Passes in Austin, Texas

Austin, Texas, approved the “Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair” (CROWN) Act, barring employers and other public entities from discrimination based on...

Diversity Forum

Are you an employer of choice for diversity workforce? How do you value or embrace diversity in your workplace? What are diverse groups saying about your organization?


Hiring the right candidate for the job can be challenging. Adding diversity in the workforce can also be challenging. There isn't a perfect, cookie cut answer to accomplish these goals, but here are a few tips from the Diversity Advisory Council for your consideration as to why adding diversity within your organization will benefit you in so many ways.


The VALUE of a Diverse Talent Pool:

  • It challenges status quo

  • It generates a competitive advantage for the organization

This offers new ideas, viewpoints, experiences and a different approach to doing business

It seeks and develops "out of the box" thinkers

Helps grow the business

Eliminates homogenous thinking and groupthink

Promotes recruitment and retention

Continuous quality improvement


There are challenges one may face when working with a diverse population such as:

  • Communication and language barriers

  • Difficulties engaging diverse employees

  • Generating an "US" vs "THEM" culture

  • Only focused on the ROI

  • Fear of change

But, more importantly, there are opportunities with having a diverse population, such as:

  • Innovative/new and different perspectives

  • Competitiveness

  • Greater adaptability

  • Offers a variety for solutions

  • Provides various resources

  • Opens the market to new targets

  • More and diverse skill sets


Think outside of the box with your recruitment efforts and don't lose sight of diversity. Company growth and innovation can occur when having candidates from diverse backgrounds, age groups, experiences, and abilities. -Diversity Advisory Council


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