It’s Women’s History Month.
Thank you for being part of the positive change and implementation of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) to all who walk our halls here at Providence. We’ve heard your voices and requests for access to upcoming DEI events and information to help you in implement these celebrations in your departments. This monthly DEI newsletter is one way to get easy access to events and information. We hope the newsletter and calendar help you plan to create a more inclusive environment.
Purpose of Newsletter: To Equip you! Empower you! To Embrace the Full You!
Our goal is to aid you and your team with resources, activities, and opportunities to shine a light on different DEI celebrations throughout each month. We hope this newsletter and calendar helps in taking the burden off of each of you to come up with a plan to create a more inclusive environment and support you in any way we can. Resources you will find within the newsletter include:
- Access the interactive monthly multicultural calendar where you and your team can easily sign up to participate in different holidays/traditions we will be celebrating.
- Gain access to learning boards on the topic of the month as well as pertinent videos, articles, and links.
- Easy access to DEI & Well-Being Grant applications to fund projects and serve your departments DEI and well-being needs.
- Local caregiver spotlights and Diversity and Wellbeing Committee updates.
Monthly Multicultural Calendar
To open the clickable calendar, click on the image above. The calendar is also located here: DEI Calendar. Our monthly Multicultural Calendar is a guide to the holidays of the month as well as events/celebrations that the DEI has planned. Each calendar has QR codes that will send you to flyers with more details about each event. If you need assistance in the implementation of any of these projects, have questions about the event, or if you would like to share pictures of how your department celebrated, please email [email protected]
Every month, the newsletter will offer a theme to focus on with your team. We’ll provide learning board materials, links, videos, recommended activities and more. This month, the focus is on Women’s Equality.
Ideas for Implementation of March’s Events:
- Reference the multicultural calendar for monthly holidays and celebrations. For example, in March, the DEI team asks departments to participate in a “Face the Facts: Women’s Equality” program. Posters with facts about women’s inequality are available to print and post in your department. Use as talking points during team huddles. Ask your team members if they were aware of the facts, how the facts make them feel, and if there’s something we can do at Providence to help.
Print the coloring pages and place them, along with markers, in the break room. Not only is it a great way to celebrate Holi (the Hindu festival of colors), but coloring is a great stress reducer!
- Appoint a DEI Champion/Ambassador to be responsible for checking the multicultural calendar and coordinating events for your team.
Create a safe place of belonging within your department. Be intentional with your leadership and project the behavior and allyship you expect from your team.
- Advocate promotion and leadership opportunities for women in your department and at Providence as a whole.
- Create a no- tolerance atmosphere for intolerant speech, behaviors, and energies.
- Decorate your office to reflect culturally diverse holidays for that month.
- Have questions about this month’s theme or need training opportunities for your team? Contact Brooke Chhina at [email protected] while Kaila Alvarez is on maternity leave.
Looking Ahead: Get Started on planning for April
- To order Ramadan decorations for your office, please email [email protected] by March 18.
Monthly Learning Board Theme & Content Resources
Please click here for this month’s Learning Board Theme, where you can learn more about allyship and how to incorporate this theme into your department. March 2022 Topic of the Month-Women’s Equality – Women’s Rights = Human Rights!
Submit a Caregiver Story
Providence caregivers come from diverse backgrounds, cultures, belief systems, circumstances, and more. We can all learn from one another if given the chance. Our newsletter is one of those chances. Below is a list of some of our upcoming holidays, celebrations, and monthly themes. If you or one of your team members has a personal connection to these or other DEI/well-being topics, we’d love to share your story. Please contact [email protected] for more details. Participants receive a gift for their time and energy. 😊
- March: Women’s History Month
- March: National Deaf History Month
- March: Holi
- April: Ramadan
- April: Neurodiversity Awareness Month
- May: AAPI
- May: Mother’s Day
- June: PRIDE Month
- June: Juneteenth
- June: Father’s Day
- DEI and Well-being grants: We want to support your DEI efforts and creative ideas. Whether it’s books for a book club, decorations for celebrating an important tradition, items to create a “Zen Den” for caregivers to relax during breaks, the grant program is a resource for you! For more information, or to apply for a grant, please email [email protected].
- Know a caregiver interested in learning more about DEI and Well-being or who’d like to help with action planning? Please email u about joining the Providence Diversity and Well-being Committee.
- Check out the Caregiver Resource Hub for more DEI and caregiver wellness resources.
Quote Corner: Print and post them around your department!
- “My own definition of a feminist is a man or a woman who says, yes, there’s a problem with gender as it is today, and we must fix it, we must do better. All of us, women and men, must do better.” – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- “The test for whether or not you can hold a job should not be the arrangement of your chromosomes.”– Bella Abzug
- “We’ve begun to raise daughters more like sons … but few have the courage to raise our sons more like our daughters.” – Gloria Steinem
- “In the future, there will be no female leaders. There will just be leaders.” – Sheryl Sandberg
- “Feminism isn’t about making women stronger. Women are already strong, it’s about changing the way the world perceives that strength.” – G.D Anderson
- “When there are no ceilings, the sky’s the limit.” – Hillary Clinton
Diversity Cooking Class – A monthly recipe highlighting the cuisine of culture’s from around the world.
March: Mango Lassi from India
- 1 cup fat-free plain yogurt
- 1 medium mango, peeled and cubed
- 2 cups ice cubes
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 5 fresh mint leaves
- 2 cardamon pods, crushed (optional)
- In a blender, combine the yogurt, mango, ice, sugar, mint leaves and cardamom pods. Cover and process for 30-60 seconds or until blended. Pour into two chilled glasses; serve immediately.*For a dairy free option, try swapping out the dairy yogurt with a coconut milk based yogurt.
*You can also substitute the mango with any fruit of your choice!
- Kaila Alvarez- Diversity Equity & Inclusion Manager [email protected]
- Brooke Chhina- Diversity Equity & Inclusion Committee Lead [email protected]
- Jessica Burt- Manager PIHC and Equity Program [email protected]