Diversity, Inclusion & Respect
Welcome to DIR!
Facilities Management embraces diversity, inclusion and equality within the University and those characteristics that make everyone unique. Join the Facilities Management Diversity, Inclusion and Respect (DIR) Committee by getting involved and utilizing the resources compiled here to champion diversity, inclusion and respect within Facilities Management.
Mission Statement of DIR Committee
Facilities Management is committed to improving awareness of and increase appreciation for diversity, inclusion and equality. We commit ourselves to a vision of leadership in diversity, equity and respect, not out of a sense of obligation but because only by enriching ourselves and embracing diversity can we envision a community of understanding, tolerance, and respect.
- View the October Diversity, Inclusion and Respect Newsletter
- Provide outreach through Safe Space training
Employee Engagement Representatives
The Facilities Management Diversity, Inclusion and Respect Committee has started a department-wide initiative to have Employee Engagement Representatives throughout all areas of Facilities Management. This program supports the committee’s goals to create an engaging environment that celebrates employees, improve supervisor-employee relationships and provide employee support. The representatives are employee volunteers and committee members who keep employees in their assigned areas aware of ongoing programs and opportunities. Representatives also listen to feedback from employees about ways to improve employee engagement and inclusion.
Did You Know
DIR October Calendar
Month of October
- National Disability Employment Awareness Month: This observance was launched in 1945 when Congress declared the first week in October as “National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week.” In 1998, the week was extended to a month and renamed. The annual event draws attention to employment barriers that still need to be addressed.
- LGBT History Month: a U.S. observance started in 1994 to recognize lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history and the history of the gay-rights movement.
- Breast Cancer Awareness Month
- National Italian American Heritage Month
- October 6: Civil rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer's birthday, one of the first black Americans to register to vote.
- October 8-9: Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar, a day of atonement marked by fasting and ceremonial repentance.
- October 13-20: Sukkot, a seven-day Jewish festival giving thanks for the fall harvest.
- October 26: 2019 Walk to End Alzheimer's
- October 27: Diwali, one of the most important festivals of the year for Hindus, celebrates different gods and goddesses.
- October 31: All Hallows’ Eve (Halloween), a celebration observed in a number of countries on the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows' Day.
- 13 Brilliant TED Talks on Racism, Colorism & Prejudice
- 5 Top TED Talks on Inclusion & Diversity
- First Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
- UVA Today — UVA Engineering Earns National Recognition for Diversity Focus
- UVA Today — On Words: What Makes a ‘Family’? Barney the Purple Dinosaur May Have the Answer
- The International Rescue Committee
- GED & NEDP Programs (PVCC)
- Office for Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights
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