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Commonwealth Medicine Cultural Diversity Committee (CWM CDC) 2018

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

The CWM CDC values and commits itself to promoting employee diversity, equal opportunity, and affirmative action. The Cultural Diversity Committee helps build a strong organizational workplace through diversity and inclusion.

The Cultural Diversity Committee has had a successful 2017-2018 year. With the direction of the co-chairs: Jorge Sanchez and Theresa Mc-Gauley-Kearney, the committee held a Diversity Dialogue through a TED talk on “How to Bring Your Authentic Self to the Workplace and facilitated a discussion with the Diversity and Inclusion Office.  The committee also integrated both the missions and principles of information, education, messaging, and resources of CWM CDC and the DIO into the CWM KEY (Knowledge, Exploration, You) on-boarding program. They also facilitated a Global Get Together, and a Disability Mentorship Day as part of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, in partnership with Work Without Limits. In conjunction with the LGBTA sub-committee, they held a viewing of the documentary Genderf*ktn: Gender Emancipation. They also held their annual community donation initiative for Veterans Inc. Stand down in which they collected Flip Flops and socks. In collaboration with the Disability Sub-Committee, they simulcast a viewing of “Carry on: A Story of Resilience, Redemption, and Unlikely Family” simulcast with Lisa Fenn, the author and speaker. In the Marketing Communications monthly photo contest, they helped to promote a cultural diversity theme. For the upcoming year, the goals of the CWM CDC are to promote and create a safe space for CWM staff to discuss areas of concern, interest, perception and D&I needs in their work environment. They also wish to continue to support their efforts to build a diverse and inclusive health and public service workforce. To promote workplace diversity, they wish to support efforts to expand the base network of D&I champions. They also want to increase leadership knowledge and skills to identify and integrate D&I practices into departmental management and supervision. This upcoming year, they also hope to assess and explore more mentorship opportunities for underrepresented employees.