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

A 'Forgotten History' Of How The U.S. Government Segregated America

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!

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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Diversity Panel at PDD 2019!

PDD PANEL TOPIC: The value of Inclusive & Effective leadership in an increasingly diverse workplace and world

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A bandage and white privilege

Most scholars recognize that white privilege is much more impactful in education, employment, housing, government, and other institutions. But for all people that have a minority status, the seemingly small is painful daily.

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Racism Downplayed In Our Community

Yesterday, we posted an article regarding racism and how white Pittsburghers can play a role. Today, we would like to bring attention to a local issue in Pittsford. Specifically, white community members need to bring attention attention to racism and

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Publicsource.org - Informative Articles on Racism

A recent first-person essay caught my attention on social media. In it, the author recounts how a Pittsburgh newspaper changed her letter to the editor about racism, and why racism is such a critical topic for all Pittsburghers.

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Member Interview - Project Management in the USA compared to India

The Diversity and Inclusion Director recently held an interview with PMI Rochester Member Hem Pandey. Hem is currently a Global IT Project Manager at Xerox, and is originally from India.

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2019 Diversity and Inclusion Survey Results

Thank you to all of the Members and Volunteers who participated in our 2019 Diversity & Inclusion survey! Your input is crucial for the Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Committee to help shape the way the Rochester Chapter serves you.

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Black Hole Photograph Courtesy of a Female Millennial

The amazing first image of a black hole was all over social media yesterday! Did you know that a 29-year-old female scientist helped develop the algorithm that created the first-ever image of a black hole?

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PMI Rochester Represents at Soulforce II

Four PMI Rochester members attended Soulforce II – an M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence celebration and fundraiser – on April 4, 2019. The funds raised through the event support peacebuilding in Rochester.

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