Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
:+: By Cameron Hankins & Joshi Graf
This past year, the MacDonald-Miller Inclusion Council has been hard at work developing and implementing strategies to meet our established initiatives to build on our existing culture, expand our practices and engagement efforts to foster a diverse talent base, and broaden our community engagement. As we approach the end of our first year, we are taking a moment to reflect on past accomplishments and plan out our next steps.
- The successful rollout of virtual training on unconscious bias and the importance of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in our workplace.
- Expansion of recruiting efforts to include adding three new Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s).
- Creating monthly “DEI Moments” to recognize the fight for equality among marginalized groups, reflect on significant watershed moments, and highlight individuals in our own industry who have paved pathways for others.
These accomplishments have infused the Council with a renewed energy, setting the foundations for our future goals. We are kicking off our second year with new perspectives, new challenges, and even new leadership! Joshi Graf, who was instrumental in the creation of the Inclusion Council, will be passing the baton to Cameron Hankins to serve as the Inclusion Council’s new Co-chair.
Looking forward, we are eager to see some of our strategies in action. After almost a year of planning, research, and development, several of our key initiatives are ready for rollout.
- DEI integration into the company-wide management training curriculum.
- Partner with non-profit STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)
education and professional organizations in our community to create pathways
for underrepresented groups in the construction industry and STEM fields.
- Host STEM-focused community events to inspire the next generation of MacMillians.
We hope these initiatives add value to the work lives of our employees and act as a catalyst for engaging with one another, our workplace, and our community.
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