Culture is a broad term that encompasses beliefs, values, norms, behaviors, and overall can be understood as our “way of being.” Cultural diversity is synonymous with multiculturalism. Multiculturalism is defined by the Encyclopedia Britannica as, “the view that cultures, races, and ethnicities, particularly those of under-represented groups, deserve special acknowledgment of their differences within a dominant political culture.”
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Black History Month originates from the early 20th-century historian Carter G. Woodson's desire to spotlight the accomplishments of Black Americans. Up until the 1960s, Black Americans had been excluded from American History by mainstream historians. Woodson created Negro History week in 1926, which lead to the establishment of Black History Month in 1976.
Since then, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating Black history.
The national theme for 2022 is: Black Health and Wellness which acknowledges the legacy of not only Black scholars and medical practitioners in Western medicine, but also other ways in which Black communities have contributed to healthcare (e.g., birth workers, doulas, midwives, naturopaths, herbalists, etc.) throughout the African Diaspora.
Hear from Infoscions about what Black History Month means to them.
E-RACE is a 4-Part conversation series initiating meaningful dialogue about racism, bias and inclusion hosted by the iBELIEVE (Infosys Black Employees, Leading in Excellence, Vision and Equity) ERG Council and Americas Diversity & Inclusion.Read More
The program leverages the Cultural Orientations Indicator® (COI) to enable participants identify their cultural preferences across their Interaction Styles, Thinking Styles, and Sense of Self. It also focuses on key cultural “gaps” that highlight potential communication and collaboration risks and enables participants to explore solutions for mitigating these risks while continuing to strengthen their cultural competence.
Culture Café initiative is an effort to help Infoscions experience other cultures through a narration of personal stories
Culture chat initiative is an effort to bridge the culture gaps between two cultures. The objective is to enhance understanding of business culture as well as provide employees an opportunity to interact with their colleagues in other locations and understand the nuances of different cultures. It is also an excellent opportunity to build relationships with employees from different locations.
In commemoration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Infosys in partnership with our Multicultural Employee Resource Group held a panel discussion which hit on hard topics such as: Asian history, stereotyping; misconceptions, and injustices; and how employers and the community can build allyships to forge a collective approach to racial inclusion and belonging. Hear each panelist as they share their personal journey and story as they unpack Anti-Asian racism and share tools and resources to become advocates and allies within our workplaces, schools and communities.