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Cultural Insights and SHRM Resources

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By Sarah Calfee, San Diego SHRM Diversity Chair

Cultural Insights and SHRM Resources

Did you know?

… that August is replete with interesting religious events, Women’s Equality Day, and several other interesting historical facts? Check out the links below to learn more about some of them and to find resources to help you foster an inclusive workplace environment.

1st:  Lughnasadh (Gaelic) – a harvest festival

3rd: Raksha Bandhan (Hinduism) – celebrates the love of a brother for his sister

9th: International Day of the World’s Indigenous People – United Nations designated day to focus on spreading the message on the protection and promotion of the rights of the indigenous peoples.

11th: Krishna Janmashtami (Hinduism) – celebration of the birth of Lord Krishna

15th: Assumption of the Virgin Mary (Roman Catholic) – celebration of the day the Virgin Mary rose to heaven

20th: Hijra (Islam) – begins the new year 1442 based on the Islamic lunar calendar

22nd: Ganesh Chaturthi (Hinduism) – celebrated in honor of the birthday of the elephant-headed God

25th: Marlee Matlin – is the only deaf performer to win the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1987 for her role in Children of a Lesser God, and only the second disabled actor to win any Academy Award.

26th: Women’s Equality Day – commemorates the 1920 certification of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution, which granted women the right to vote

28th – 29th: Ashura (Islam) – marks the tenth day of the Islamic calendar month of Muharram, a date identified with numerous significant religious events, including the day Noah left the Ark

If you want information on how to impact your organization’s culture to be more inclusive, check out SHRM’s resources, including:

Diversity and Inclusion resource page

Together Forward @ Work

Guide to Developing a Strategic Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Plan

How HR Should Respond to Social and Political Expression at Work

Racism related SHRM resources:

SHRM Research Finds Need for More Awareness, Understanding of Racial Inequality

Employees Look to Employers to Rise Up Against Racism

Companies Try a New Approach to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Honest Conversations

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