Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital
Diversity Day at Truman VA
Friday, October 4, was National Diversity Day. Truman VA recognizes that the issue of diversity management has grown in importance over the years and manifests itself in every type of business and industry.
Truman VA has a robust diversity program supported by its 2013 award winning Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) committee. This committee includes Special Emphasis Programs that highlight individual cultural groups. Each month, one of the Special Emphasis Programs works to recognize a particular cultural group’s contributions to society in an effort to celebrate their uniqueness and help spread awareness among hosptial staff and patients. During the month of October, Truman VA is celebrating National Hispanic Heritage (Sept. 15-Oct. 15) as well as Disability Employment Awareness. In November, Truman VA will be celebrating National American Indian & Alaskan Native Heritages.
Equal employment opportunity is an issue faced when managing diversity. Truman VA formed the EEO Committee to assist in implementing and maintaining an effective EEO program that recognizes and values all employees. The EEO Committee champions equal employment opportunity as well as diversity and inclusion throughout Truman VA. Dwayne Davis, EEO Program Manager, and Army Veteran, also strives to encourage an inclusive organization that celebrates the diversity and values of individuals. Davis and others at Truman VA realize that it is the diversity of cultures that brings unique perspectives to resolving complex problems and delivering high standards of care.
Each year, Diversity Day serves as a reminder of the importance of diversity. It should be noted that the principles behind this day should not be confined to just one day. They are ever present in each of us and serve to influence our decisions and actions.