Celebrating Black History Month in the Workplace
Updated: Sep 13
Celebrating Black History Month in the workplace is an important way to recognize the contributions of African Americans in our society while also promoting diversity and inclusivity within your organization.
We developed our DE&I Council, VIIBE (Voices Inspiring Inclusion, Belonging, & Equity), in 2020 and introduced two Employee Resource Groups in 2023. Our African American and Allies ERG led the efforts to create awareness within our teams during February.
Listed below are ways our teams recognized and celebrated Black History:
Video: Ebony Butler, our VP of Diversity & Development, announced Black History month with Awareness Initiatives throughout February.
Highlighting Black Leaders: We recognized African American inventors, authors, and pioneers and their contributions.
Knowledge Breaks: We shared ways we are exposing our families to African American culture as well as our favorite Black authors.
Panel Discussion: We held a company-wide virtual Empower Hour featuring BGSF employees as panelists. They shared their experiences attending HBCUS, with a focus on highlighting their importance and dismissing biases.
Our goal was to amplify Black voices and drive awareness by engaging in conversation and learning opportunities. In doing so, we dismissed assumptions, promoted inclusivity, and walked away with increased knowledge. The sharing of experiences, perspectives, and stories from our colleagues helped build stronger connections by creating a workplace culture that values and respects all employees.