Diversity is the secret weapon for problem solving.
Diversity at Einstein is important to me for so many reasons, on so many levels! Professionally speaking, diversity is the secret weapon for problem solving, which I need to do a lot of in my role. Diverse people bring different perspectives with them, which inspires creativity and learning.
I am Greek-Australian and a relatively new American, so in terms of the Einstein environment being culturally diverse, this helps me feel welcome and valued. I will only work for organizations that I feel actively encourage and appreciate diversity of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities and religious beliefs.
I joined the Einstein team just 2 years ago and have noticed efforts to support diversity—for example, the Diversity & Engagement Survey that we were all asked to participate in—and from that, a strategic plan was developed by the Diversity & Inclusion Planning Committee. I recently participated in the LGBTQ+ Ally Safe Zone training, in support of the LGBTQ+ community at Einstein. Also, in my role at the Employee Relations Office, I help to enforce Einstein’s strong zero-tolerance policy regarding harassment and discrimination and act as a resource for anyone who has a concern to raise.
Employee Relations Specialist
Albert Einstein College of Medicine