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.


The "D&I" discussion:

International Women's Day 2019

Happy International Women’s Day on March 8, 2019! NBC News had a short piece about the history and purpose of the day here. You can also read in detail at https://www.internationalwomensday.com/. As the NBC article points out, the day is celebrated in different ways in different countries. Wendy Ross, Director of Diversity & Inclusion for the chapter went to China 1 week after International Women’s Day 2015. The day falls on a workday, women come to the office/factory and are paid for the day, but do not work. Instead, they are treated to flowers, special meals, chair massages, and other perks. Does your workplace offer a celebration? If so, we'd love to hear about it! Contact Wendy Ross, Director of Diversity & Inclusion at diversity@pmirochester.org

As a chapter, we are celebrating IWD 2019 by posting pictures of our volunteers on social media with the hastag #BalanceforBetter. Look our for us on PMI Rochester's LinkedIn, FaceBook, Twitter and Instagram accounts!


The Grammy's

Did you watch the Grammy’s this week? Nearly 20 million people did. And what they saw was a commitment to recognizing women in the awards. Furthermore, the Recording Academy is trying to expand opportunities for female producers and engineers.

Per their press release (https://www.grammy.com/press-releases/recording-academy%E2%84%A2-task-force-diversity-and-inclusion-announces-industry-wide), According to a 2018 USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative study, only 2 percent of music producers and 3 percent of engineers/mixers across popular music are women. The Academy’s Diversity and Inclusion task force is one of the first steps to remedy the situation, and also address inclusion based on race and the LGBTQ+ community.

As you can hear in this short news segment https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npFccOMewLc), the intent of Diversity and Inclusion programs like ours and the Academy’s is not to limit freedom of choice when selecting employees, award recipients, speakers at events, etc. Instead, the intent to raise awareness of those in the selection process that there are worthy candidates who might be ignored due to implicit bias.

Let us know how we’re doing with our program! We appreciate all of you who participated in our survey through which we gained some great information. Feel free to reach out to me anytime with ideas of things to post on our website, learning opportunities in our community, or stories you’d like to share about your own experiences with Diversity and Inclusion – at work, in PMI, or around the world.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day / Day of Service 

For many younger professionals, there is no memory of a time when Martin Luther King Jr.’s life wasn’t celebrated by a national holiday. The first legislation to commemorate King through a national holiday was introduced to Congress in 1968, and it was in 1983 that President Reagan signed the King Holiday Bill into law. Some states already commemorated King, but it took 15 years to create a national day to reflect on King and the civil rights movement. If you’d like a brief history of the making of the national holiday, go to http://content.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1872501,00.html.

Did you know that Martin Luther King Jr. Day is not just for reflection and celebration? For many, the day off of school and work is a Day of Service.

In 1994, Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service and charged the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency that leads service and volunteering, with leading this effort. Each year, on the third Monday in January, the MLK Day of Service is observed as a "day on, not a day off." MLK Day of Service is intended to empower individuals, strengthen communities, bridge barriers, create solutions to social problems, and move us closer to Dr. King's vision of a "Beloved Community."

Plan ahead for next year – or all year long! You can find volunteer opportunities that fit your skills and schedule, in your area, at https://www.nationalservice.gov/serve/search


Crossing the Color Line

Has a neighborhood ever made you uncomfortable? It is important to understand the history of why you may have these sentiments and how this has impacted the course of our development as a society. Brennon Thompson works as a Cultural Competence and Health Literacy Operations Specialist at the Center for Human Services Education, a division of Heritage Christian Services. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in International Studies from American University. Brennon has a passion for bringing people together to share and learn about the unique identities and experiences of our local and global neighbors. Brennon also serves on the PMI Rochester Diversity & Inclusion program as a committee member.


Test out Your Implicit Bias

Project Implicit is a non-profit organization and international collaboration between researchers who are interested in implicit social cognition - thoughts, and feelings outside of conscious awareness and control. The goal of the organization is to educate the public about hidden biases and to provide a “virtual laboratory” for collecting data on the Internet. The tests are designed to raise your awareness about your own implicit biases in the areas of age, disability, gender, weight, race and more. Click here to check out the different tests. Go on a journey within to find out more about what you really think.


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