As a company, Arrow Senior Living has made learning about and celebrating our unique differences a part of our company culture. So much so that, in recent years, it has become an extension of our core values. And for the past year, Arrow has expanded beyond yearly diversity, equity, and inclusion workshops to create Arrow’s D&I Speaker Series, which pairs special guest speakers with residents from our communities to have conversations on a wide range of topics such as mental health, PRIDE, Juneteenth, and so much more. We believe that sparking conversations on what some may believe to be sensitive topics helps to shed light on misconceptions and ultimately brings about understanding as it relates to the experiences of others. This ensures our employees and residents have the tools to build a safe place to live and work, one where a diverse group can come together and feel equally seen, heard, and included.
At The Boulevard Senior Living – St. Charles, DEI goes beyond training and mentoring. It is a way of life. One of my favorite conversations thus far was A Pride Conversation on Acceptance and Being Yourself with Jefferey Marsh and Barb Clark.
Being a member of the LGBTQ+ community, I am especially grateful for the conversation of accepting a human for who they are. This DEI video is my favorite so far just because I feel Barb and I had similar back stories and I related with her quite a bit.
Recognizing diversity and inclusion is vital to humanity, as we are all different and must be able to coexist on this earth. Being exactly who you are and celebrating that we are all different is a good start to truly coexisting in the world.
These conversations have only just begun, and I look forward to the conversations to come and all the new growth and opportunity that lies ahead as we work toward creating the greatest and safest place to work that we can!