As we prepare to close in honor of Juneteenth, our teams collaborated on 3 simple steps agencies can take to recognize Juneteenth. Check out this guide on ways to jump start dialogue about Juneteenth with your teams.
(Tip 1) Agency leaders: Educate your employees.
Share the history of Juneteenth, how it relates to current events, and how Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion align with your team’s core values.
Here are some resources to learn more about the origins of Juneteenth and why it’s so important today.
- The New York Times: So You Want to Learn About Juneteenth
- Vox: Why celebrating Juneteenth is more important now than ever
- The Atlantic: The Quintessential Americanness of Juneteenth
(Tip 2) Take action.
Partner with a community-based organization, support a Black-owned business, budget and prioritize initiatives to support your Black employees, and collaborate with your HR and executive leadership to create a more inclusive, more equitable workplace.
Below is a list of organizations, 4A’s partners, and community resources you can use to start giving back.
- 4A’s Partner, Color of Changes’s Black-owned Business Green Book
- McKinsey & Company Report: Diversity Wins
- Sponsor your Black employees through mentorship with 4A’s Vanguard Program
(Tip 3) Employees: Connect with your community or ERG (Employee Resource Group), attend events, and share this guide with your agency!
Looking for Juneteenth events, Black-owned businesses, or BIPOC career resources? Check the links below to get more information.
- 9 Juneteenth 2021 events happening around the U.S.
- Mimconnect: Career resource community for Black, Latinx,and Asian professionals
- Forbes: How to Start an ERG
Share this guide with your agency! There is much more work to be done to enact progressive change and drive equity and inclusion. We hope that together we can all move toward progress.