Diversity & Inclusion

ALA Silicon Valley Chapter fosters an environment of awareness and respect.

ALA Silicon Valley Chapter supports the ALA Diversity Initiative's aim 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.

 "Diversity is about recognizing, respecting and valuing differences based on ethnicity, gender, color, age, race, religion, disability, national origin and sexual orientation. It also includes an infinite range of individual unique characteristics and experiences, such as communication style, career path, life experience, educational background, geographic location, income level, marital status, military experience, parental status and other variables that influence personal perspectives.

These life experiences and personal perspectives make us react and think differently, approach challenges and solve problems differently, make suggestions and decisions differently, and see different opportunities. Diversity, then, is also about diversity of thought. And superior business performance requires tapping into these unique perspectives."1

Below is a list of resources gathered by ALASVC that we hope will be helpful to our members and the legal community to enhance diversity within our organizations. 

1 Chubb Group of Insurance Companies, Business Case for Diversity

Monthly Spotlight
on Diversity

United States Department of Veterans Affairs
Diversity Calendar

News & Upcoming Events

 

SEASONAL CELEBRATIONS & OBSERVANCES

Knowledge of cultural and religious holidays and celebrations may enhance your workplace diversity & inclusion efforts.

Here are some upcoming events you may be able to work into your planning:

April:  Arab in America 

May:  The Long(er) Road Ahead

June:  Me, Myself & I: Can Implicit Egotism Affect Business Decisions?

July:  Gender Equality in Law Schools

August:  The Ever-Changing Workforce: Generations 

September:  National Hispanic Heritage Month 

October:  The Silver Anniversary of the ADANational Coming Out Day

November:  Native American Heritage Month

December:  Universal Human Rights

ALA Diversity & Inclusion Committee developed a new video featuring members talking about diversity and what it means to themALA's Committee for Diversity & Inclusion works to educate legal industry leaders about why diversity is important and how we can work to bring diversity and inclusion to the legal workplace.

The world is rich with our celebrations of diversity.

All employers should be able to create a diverse and inclusive work environment. Why? Because when business leaders and managers welcome many backgrounds, experiences, and viewpoints, they create a competitive advantage for themselves. But few organizations know how to create a culture that truly promotes, embraces and seeks each employee's unique contributions. Gallup research, as noted in Requirements for a Diverse and Inclusive Culture by Ella Washington and Camille Patrick has found that in a diverse, inclusive culture, three components must be present: “(1) everyone treats everyone else with respect; (2) managers appreciate the unique characteristics of everyone on their team; and (3) leaders do what's right.