DIVERSITY & INCLUSION ARTICLES OF INTEREST

This special day in August was created to commemorate the 19th Amendment to the American Constitution. Today, law firms, educational institutions, corporations, and other public places have begun to participate by holding educational programs and celebratory events. This year, the Philadelphia Chapter is celebrating women's equality throughout the entire month of August and we encourage our community to show extra appreciation to the strong women who help shape our world, today and EVERY DAY.

We thought we'd share below some interesting articles celebrating women's rights.  As always, we encourage all members of our diverse community to submit articles of interest to the committee so we can be another platform to help share your voice!

https://constitutioncenter.org/blog/why-august-26-is-known-as-womans-equality-day  The 19th Amendment gave women the right to...

https://www.nbcnews.com/know-your-value/feature/women-s-equality-day-why-it-matters-how-you-can-ncna903786 Equality is not a female issue; it's a social and economic imperative...

https://www.forbes.com/sites/shelleyzalis/2019/08/26/womens-equality-day-untold-stories-from-the-suffrage-movement/#5bf2c3121f29 Untold stories from the suffrage... 

https://www.inc.com/jeremy-goldman/12-impactful-quotes-to-celebrate-womens-equality-day.html These quotes will help you reflect on equality, 45 years after...

https://www.diversity.va.gov/calendar/wed.aspx The VA joins the Nation in celebrating Women...


 DIVERSITY & INCLUSION INITIATIVES AND EFFORTS

The ALA’s Diversity & Inclusion Initiative aims to increase awareness of and sensitivity to the differences among our workforce and to advance the concept of inclusiveness and acceptance. ALA’s goal is to increase diversity and inclusion in the Association, in the legal management community and in all legal service organizations. To that end, the ALA’s mission is to provide each Member with the tools and resources required to be a leader in meeting ALA’s goal.  

The Philadelphia Chapter is committed to leading the way with diversity initiatives through leadership, education, advancement and development. Please take a moment to review our Mission Statement below.

Chapter Diversity & Inclusion Mission Statement

The Philadelphia Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators is comprised of a diverse group of administrative professionals, including, but certainly not limited to, Executive Directors, CFOs, Firm Administrators, Office Managers, and Facility Managers from private law firms, corporate and university legal departments, and government entities.  Our mission is to advocate for a more diverse membership and to expand the retention and promotion of diversity and inclusion in our own firms.  We further our mission through the collection and dissemination of information to the members of the Philadelphia ALA, our respective firms, and our Business Partners.

Other Resources

There are many layers to learning about and understanding the true meaning of Diversity & Inclusion. We can start with looking at ourselves using the Harvard Implicit Bias self-administered, confidential test. No results will be collected, but your understanding of what Implicit bias really means will be explored.  Please take the time to read  Implicit Project Overview  and take the Harvard Implicit Bias Test.  Each test takes 15 minutes with no distractions. The results are for you to learn more about yourself.  The Implicit Association Test (IAT) measures attitudes and beliefs that people may be unwilling or unable to report. 

You should also check out these suggested readings from our Chapter's D&I Committee:

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/legal-industry-diversity-and-inclusion-survey-reveals-implicitunconscious-bias-is-main-obstacle-at-law-firms-300364249.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/brian-cullinan/the-role-of-diversity-in-_b_12683238.html 

https://techfeatured.com/1787/a-new-strategy-on-diversity-aligning-leadership-and-organizational-culture

 

Chapter D & I Chair

 

Jack Caulk, The MCS Group [email protected]