Equality and Diversity continues to be an important component of how we succeed, not only as a Company and a Union, but also as individuals.
At the UAW-Ford National Programs Center in Detroit, the 3rd annual Diversity Conference was held the week of May 13, 2013. From 37 U.S. locations, 65 Diversity Committee representatives, both hourly and salaried, attended the two day event, hosted by the UAW-Ford National Equality and Diversity Department.
Several guest speakers were featured including:
Allison Trawick, Manager of Ford Diversity and Inclusion Office-shared the Company’s overall Corporate Diversity and Inclusion strategy.
Cynthia Williams: Ford African American Network Employee Resource Group – talked about the activities of the FAAN Employee Resource Group.
Jamie Foucher: Ford Parenting Network Employee Resource Group – showed how the Ford Parenting Network uses online communications to share solutions for parenting concerns.
Deborah Carter: Multi-Training Systems: talked about Intercultural communication within our society.
Carlos Bermudez, Esq., UAW Legal Dept.– talked about the legal interpretation of actions that are considered harassment and how the law works to protect us all.
Dr. Harry Bloomberg discussed how our everyday actions are shaped by our internal biases, prior experiences and how we view the world.
Joe Gorham did an exercise about Diversity and Transition in Manufacturing; talking about cultural pluralism, the melting pot, and assimilation.
Also, Mary Sidebottom from New Model Programs and Cathy Herc from Sterling both presented best practices of chartering and diversity related activities at their locations that generated a lot of interest and discussion.
There was plenty of opportunity for the attendees to interact and learn from each other as well as a conference dinner at Fishbones Restaurant in Downtown Detroit. Some participants shared insightful personal experiences that resonated with many and confirmed the premise that even if we come from different backgrounds and ethnicities, we have many common threads that unite us all. Information about the UAW-Ford United in Diversity Website, holding meetings, and chartering were also shared. Attendees are encouraged to take the Diversity message back to their locations, get busy and Walk the Talk also!
Diversity is the cornerstones of how we treat each other, how we work with each other and how we can make a difference in ensuring that our workplace is one that is respectful and inclusive. Our journey continues together, ever stronger and more aware each year.