DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION ARTICLES OF INTEREST

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Is it really October; or is it Pink-tober?! Breast Cancer Awareness Month aims to raise awareness and support towards breast cancer research. Breast cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in women. You can show support during this month by making a donation to a breast cancer research foundation.

Global Diversity Awareness Month

October is also a big month to bring diverse cultures and beliefs around the word. We can learn a lot about the values of various cultures, while increasing our understanding and appreciation for diversity in our communities and places of work. Here are some ideas that can help you become more globally aware throughout the month of October:

  • Don not hesitate to ask respectful and open-ended questions to learn about the various other cultures throughout the world.
  • Visit a local organization, religious institution, social venue that works with a cultural group you may not have a deep understanding of.  
  • Ensure that your place of business offers it's employees training on cultural bias and understanding.

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Also known as NDEAM, “America’s Recovery: Powered by Inclusion".  This year's theme which reflects the importance of ensuring that people with disabilities have full access to employment and community involvement during the national recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. NDEAM is held each October to commemorate the various contributions of people with disabilities to America’s workplaces and economy. 

National Polish American Heritage Month

Since 1986, October has served as National Polish American Heritage Month. This October multicultural calendar was originally in August, but changed to aid participation in schools. October also holds significance for Polish-Americans as this is when Polish settlers first arrived in Jamestown, VA.

10/10: World Mental Health Day

October diversity topics include World Mental Health Day which raises awareness of mental health issues around the world. It provides the opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to discuss their work. It also  advocates for what should be done to make mental healthcare a reality for people worldwide.

10/11: Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Many folks around the world may have grew up hearing this holiday called “Columbus Day.” In 1992, Berkeley, CA became the first city to rename Columbus Day as Indigenous People’s Day, to honor Native American people, their history and culture. Take a stand on this day by supporting indigenous people’s rights organizations.

10/21: LGBTQ+ Spirit Day

LGBTQ+ youth face a disproportionate amount of bullying and harassment. Spirit Day was created to demonstrate support for LGBTQ+ youth and to speak out against bullying. Wear purple today to show your support!


 DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION INITIATIVES AND EFFORTS

The ALA’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Initiative aims to increase awareness of and sensitivity to the differences among our workforce and to advance the concept of inclusiveness and acceptance. ALA’s goal is to increase diversity and inclusion in the Association, in the legal management community and in all legal service organizations. To that end, the ALA’s mission is to provide each Member with the tools and resources required to be a leader in meeting ALA’s goal.  

The Philadelphia Chapter is committed to leading the way with diversity initiatives through leadership, education, advancement and development. Please take a moment to review our Mission Statement below.

Chapter Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Mission Statement

The Philadelphia Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators is comprised of a diverse group of administrative professionals, including, but certainly not limited to, Executive Directors, CFOs, Firm Administrators, Office Managers, and Facility Managers from private law firms, corporate and university legal departments, and government entities.  Our mission is to advocate for a more diverse membership and to expand the retention and promotion of diversity and inclusion in our own firms.  We further our mission through the collection and dissemination of information to the members of the Philadelphia ALA, our respective firms, and our Business Partners.

Chapter Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Chair

Jack Caulk, The MCS Group [email protected]