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Our Little Roses Celebrates Global Diversity Awareness Month

Every October, Our Little Roses celebrates Global Diversity Awareness Month. This is a time to celebrate cultural diversity around the world. It is important to take time to appreciate that we live in a multicultural society and embracing the values of various cultures only strengthens our understanding and appreciation of the world. If we could all open our minds to various cultures and different perspectives in life, it would have a positive impact globally.

Origins of Global Diversity Awareness Month

While the national origins of Global Diversity Awareness Month are difficult to trace, many credit The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly after World War 2. The declaration took place at the Palais de Chaillot, in Paris and represents the first global expression of rights to which all human beings are inherently entitled. These rights acknowledge the importance of remembering and understanding the value of each human being regardless of nationality, color, race, sex, gender, country of origin, language, or otherwise.

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The Reason for The Season

“As the world becomes more and more connected and globalized, it’s important to remember that a “global monoculture”, or a homogenization of cultures, hurts traditional cultures and unique traits of people” (Via NationalToday). Different cultures should respect each other’s differences and traditions. As the world struggles through several issues affecting us globally, it’s a time for us all to work together and become more inclusive so that we can all be well-rounded humans.

This need for respect for diversity extends to the workplace, as we must all look to build inclusive workplace cultures.  People from all different backgrounds should focus on workplace equity and providing equal opportunities for underrepresented people. According to Forbes, the work-from-home paradigm can open the workplace to a number of groups who have been marginalized, which is good for overall diversity in the workplace, as remote working enhances accessibility.

This is a learning opportunity for people of all cultural backgrounds. Our commitment to diversity must be strong and equitable for all. Step outside of your comfort zone and get a fresh perspective on the cultural traditions and racial and ethnic diversity in society.

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How to Celebrate Global Diversity Awareness Month With Our Little Roses

The key to celebrating Global Diversity Awareness Month is to immerse yourself in other cultures. Host a multicultural movie night with foreign films like Voices Beyond The Wall: Twelve Love Poems From The Murder Capital of The World, a documentary that chronicles the experiences of twelve young girls who grew up right in our home for girls here in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. You can also attend a cultural art exhibit, enjoy music from different parts of the world, or support minority-owned businesses. The whole point of this month is to make a connection with a people, or culture different from your own and there is no shortage of ways to show cultural appreciation for others.

Our Little Roses Celebrates Diversity During National Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15 to October 15 in the United States is also National Hispanic Heritage Month. A time for recognizing the contributions and influence of Hispanic Americans to the history, culture, and achievements for the United States.

Recently, Our Little Roses decided to honor the rich diversity of their donors/volunteers by celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with a Hispanic/ Latinx Heritage Month campaign, a four-part digital series that highlights the richness in the distinct qualities of our Hispanic/ Latin cultures of our colleagues, friends, and neighbors.

In the series, we learned about various board members, donors, and employees of Our Little Roses, where they’re from, and how they celebrate their Hispanic/ Latinx heritage.

Part 1: Father Leonel Ortez, and his wife Diocelina Montanez.

Part 2: Chairman Bishop Leo Frade

Part 3: Mayra Hendrix, Sponsorship Coordinator

Part 4: Blanca Famadas, former Board of Directors member and Chaplain and Sacred Studies Teacher at Saint Philip ‘s Episcopal Church

Our Little Roses believes in unity through diversity. We have a diverse group of volunteers from different cultural backgrounds working together to improve the lives of the 70+ girls in our care. We work with the common goal of improving the lives of women in Honduras through education, housing, and healthcare to help build a better future for the girls in our country. If you are interested in volunteering, contact us! You can also support our girls through your charitable donations. Please donate today!