Diversity Message

You may know September as "National Square Dance Month" or "National Chicken Month".  But September 15th to October 15th is also Hispanic Heritage Month!

This month is the perfect chance to celebrate the contributions of Hispanic Americans and celebrate Hispanic culture in general.

Following are some ideas for celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month in the workplace.

(Source: https://www.findspark.com/how-to-celebrate-hispanic-heritage-month/)

Ways to Celebrate #HispanicHeritageMonth:

  1. Host a potluck.
    Invite everyone to bring a dish from one Latinx country and provide a short summary of the dish and its history. My favorite staple at office potlucks is the 'Cortadito'- everyone needs a shot of Cuban coffee to stay awake.
  2. Host a lunch & learn / brown bag lunch.
    Put together an informational deck on Hispanic and Latinx history, talk about diversity and inclusion practices, or have someone from your office/club discuss their country's history. More information
  3. Do an office Charity and make a donation to Hispanic/LatinX focused causes.
    There are tons of ways to rally people around making a donation. For example, you can do a 50/50 raffle or help people clean up their closet by doing an in-office or on-campus clothing drive.
  4. Put up an exhibition.
    Showcase famous paintings, or photography by Hispanic artists or about Latin America.
  5. Go on a cultural field trip.
    Do an office outing or campus event to support a local Hispanic establishment, restaurant, museum, venue.
  6. Host a movie night.
    Grab some popcorn and gather to watch a screening of an acclaimed Spanish-language film. Best Spanish movies of all time
  7. Aprende a Hablar EspaƱol - Learn to Speak Spanish.
    Dedicate a word a day, send it out via email, post it in your office entrance, find fun way's to incorporate the word throughout the day.

"NIEAPA members shall seek to develop an awareness of their own personal and cultural values and beliefs as one way of appreciating the importance of multicultural identities in our own lives and in the lives of those we serve.  NIEAPA members shall have and continue to develop specialized knowledge and understanding about the values, traditions and systems of all employees at the workplaces they serve."

Northern Illinois Chapter Employee Assistance Professionals Association (NIEAPA)

Address: 400 E. Randolph #2305, Chicago. IL 60601Phone: +1 (312) 756-7756
Email: nieapa@corpevent.com

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