Diversity & Inclusion Program

Our Diversity and Inclusion Committee Mission:

The Mission of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the PMI Rochester Chapter is to support the furtherance of the overall chapter goals by continuously encouraging a vibrant, inclusive, diverse, and equitable project management community. Therefore, in the areas of membership recruitment, participation, volunteerism, leadership, and influencer selection, the committee is dedicated to having a focus on underrepresented groups, and proactively learning and promoting policies and initiatives in the chapter that attract talent and participation of these groups.


Our Policy Statement:

PMI Rochester is committed to modeling diversity and inclusion for the nonprofit sector of the Project Management industry, and to maintaining an inclusive environment with equitable treatment for all.

We encourage by our actions a diverse, inclusive, and equitable chapter where all members and volunteers, whatever their gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation or identity, education, or development support needs, feel valued and respected.  We are committed to a nondiscriminatory approach and provide equal opportunity for involvement and advancement in all our committees, programs, and volunteer-based initiatives.  We respect and value diverse life experiences and heritages and ensure that all voices are valued and heard.

To read more on our comprehensive policy statement click here

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Today, many in the USA celebrate Halloween, and many companies throw parties, too. How many of your coworkers are celebrating for the first time?

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The 2017 book The Vanishing Middle Class: Prejudice and Power in a Dual Economy, by Peter Temin examines the how the middle class is vanishing while those in poverty struggle.

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National Woman’s History Alliance write about the 19th Amendment Anniversary by Teresa Froncek

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CNN Poll Shows More American Embracing Diversity by Wendy Ross

(CNN) In the last few years, Americans have become more likely to say the country's increasing diversity enriches the nation's culture, even as perceptions of how others experience racial discrimination have grown more divided by partisanship.

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Diversity and Inclusion is a Continuous and Evolving Effort by Wendy Ross

As with many things in our society, the understanding of what Diversity and Inclusion means, and how best to implement strategies to ensure companies and communities are more diverse and inclusive, has shifted over time.

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Why Diversity in Leadership Matters by Breona Wright Holmes

Kesha Carter, Chief Diversity Officer of Coordinated Care Services, wrote an eye opening article for the Rochester Business Journal, "Inclusive Leadership Can Inspire Minority Employees to Achieve",

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Member Interview – A Long History of Bias, And Steps in the Right Direction by Wendy Ross

The Diversity and Inclusion Director recently held an interview with PMI Rochester Vice President of Finance Debra Jacyszyn. Debra agreed to share her perspective of the intersectionality of gender and other minority statuses on her career.

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100 Year Anniversary of Congress Passing the 19th Amendment by Wendy Ross

This week, we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution passing Congress. The 19th Amendment guaranteed voting rights for female citizens, but also had implications for the 15th Amendment.

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In a previous post, "Crossing the Color Line", we linked to a videocast from one of Rochester's own on the history of government-promoted segregation in Rochester. In this article, NPR interviews Richard Rothstein on a similar topic, country-wide.

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PMI Rochester D&I Committee's First Event! by Wendy Ross

One month ago, the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of PMI Rochester held its first event organized and sponsored by the committee: Collaborating Across Differences to Engage a Multicultural Workforce. This invaluable event was full of fun and learning!

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