May Institute’s Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Council was founded early in 2013 by Dr. Lauren Solotar when she became President and CEO of the organization. The Council's mission is to foster and support an environment of inclusion, respect, fairness, and transparency, where differences are celebrated and all opinions are valued. We work hard to ensure that our commitment to diversity and inclusion is built into everything we do—from hiring our employees and building our company culture to providing culturally competent services to the individuals we serve.
The Council’s efforts include:
The D&I Council has partnered with the corporate Training and Development department to make the diversity segment of the orientation a more interactive and engaging learning opportunity for new hires. They also worked together to develop a robust diversity and inclusion module for the supervisor/management training series. The teams will collaborate to roll out a comprehensive D&I training for all staff, aimed at raising awareness, building understanding, and giving employees and managers at all levels the tools to understand and own their roles in attaining the organization’s diversity and inclusion objectives.
The objective of our Mentoring Program is to provide professional development opportunities for employees to learn from the experiences of their seasoned colleagues, while giving senior members/mentors the opportunity to “give back” to their co-workers and their profession. We are in the third year of active, successful cohort and pairings.
The Council actively works on speaker engagements, education, and networking initiatives that are available to all staff.
The Council writes and distributes a quarterly newsletter to all employees. Its purpose is to share the work of the D&I Council with the May community, celebrate our diverse workforce, and highlight our employees’ good work with the individuals we serve and in their communities.
In 2013, we launched the “Helping Hands, Open Arms Campaign.” This employee-led and funded campaign seeks to support national and international projects that are of interest to our employees. This campaign gives the D&I Council an opportunity to lend its support and voice to the charitable efforts of our employees and the charities they support and, in so doing, galvanize the entire organization around a common goal.
We are excited about the work ahead, and look forward to the collective commitment and involvement of all our employees so that we can continue to be a catalyst for change, growth, and continued learning.