Celebrate Juneteenth and Pride Month with a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Health Talk
Updated: Mar 22
“Race, gender, religion, sexuality, we are all people and that’s it.” – Connor Franta
It does not matter what race you are, what religion you practice, what your gender or your sexuality is. We are all people and we are all after the same thing in life: happiness. Why care about what other people other doing? Stay focused on yourself.
FitPros is committed to equity for all and stand in solidarity with all individuals.
As we celebrate diversity, June provides two very important opportunities to elevate conversations surrounding race, sexual orientation and gender identity — from LGBTQ Pride parades to mark the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, to our Juneteenth commemorations of the end of the slavery after the Civil War.
Every year, during the month of June, the LGBT community celebrates and recognizes the influence LGBT people have had around the world. As well as being a month long celebration, Pride month is also an opportunity to peacefully protest and raise political awareness of current issues facing the community.
Pride Month is so important because it marks the start of huge change within the LGBT+ community, as well as the wider societal implications. Although attitudes and injustice still remain, we have come a long way and by continuing in this long standing tradition we continue to raise awareness, improve the attitudes of society and encourage inclusiveness.
Each year, Juneteenth is a day for Black people to celebrate freedom. Simply put, Juneteenth is “the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States,” according to Juneteenth.com. In addition to marking a date of major significance in American history, Juneteenth has always been both a day of remembrance and an opportunity for African-Americans to honor their history and celebrate Black culture.
HONOR JUNETEENTH AND PRIDE MONTH WITH FITPROS
As our nation grapples with a painful history and the enduring effects of systemic racism, these conversations become even more important to facilitate the understanding and action needed for true healing and meaningful change.
Celebrate and honor Juneteenth and Pride Month at your organization with a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Health Talk (or make it a series by scheduling a few throughout the month of June). Purchase and schedule at least one health talk by May 31 to save 15%.
DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION HEALTH TALKS
Lifting Up Transgender Equality and Inclusion Successful companies across the country are recognizing the value in supporting inclusivity of gender expression in their employees, their clients, and their communities. This Health Talk will help participants deepen their understanding of the trans experience and identify practical steps employees and organizations can take to foster a more inclusive work environment for everyone.
I Am...Safe Zone: Sticks and Stones LGBT 101 What better sexual identities way to learn about than to list out social norms, stereotypes, media images, rumors, jokes, and slang! This is a safe space for any and all kinds of interactive discussions regarding Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Heterosexual identities.
I Am...Safe Zone: Gender This
Sex, gender, and sexual orientation become conflated and these misunderstandings are related to sexism, heterosexism, and other forms of oppression. This course contains the clearest model ever. Making changes starts here!
Psychological Impact of Racism
Psychological research has well-documented the devastating effect racism has on the mental health and well-being of people of color. This session reviews America’s history of racism and racial terrorism. The goal of the session is to educate participants about the history and traumatic impact of racism, and to provide information on strategies to address the consequences of racism.
Diversity and Social Justice: A Starting Place
Unlike other online diversity trainings, this course introduces the concepts that the user or learner can utilize in their own lives immediately. Regardless of each participant’s identities and lived experiences, the concept of how we coexist, interact, and impact one another is imperative to build better teams, better connections, and deeper relationships.
Spend an hour, reflecting on how you fit into the conversation of diversity. Coming to terms with our own unique positive and negative bias as well as how that intersects with our responsibility of perception and sense of entitlement to validation is the foundation of social justice work. Our experiences, choices, and impact, both intentional and unintentional, matter. This is the starting place.
Being A Better Ally to All
Everyone is on their own unique journey to be an ally. Recognizing where you are on that journey helps you understand where you’ve come from and where you still have to go. Everyone has the ability to be an ally as privilege is intersectional - white women can be actionable allies to people of color, men can be allies to women, cis people can be allies to members of the LGBTQI+ community, able-bodied people can be allies to those with different abilities, economically privileged people can be allies to those who are not and so on. In this session, we will discuss the four stages of the allyship continuum, the characteristics of each stage, and how you can help others become better allies as you move along the continuum.
Unconscious Bias: Perceptions of Self and Others
Have you experienced an optical illusion where you don’t initially see all of the options? Was the dress blue with gold stripes? Were you team Laurel or Yanny? Can you see the rabbit and the duck?
Our lived experiences are the tools we use to interpret the world around us. This is why we may assume there is a monster in the garage when we haven’t experienced an earthquake before – we literally don’t have the experience to pull from to understand what is happening. We believe what we know – whether we know it or not.
Take some time to notice how you perceive yourself and others. The role of perception is directly linked to all that we are conscious of as well as all of the stuff we aren’t! We must learn our habits to be able to be open to understand something we don’t understand.
Additional DEI Health Talks are available. Find more DEI Health Talks at FitPros: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Schedule and purchase at least one DEI Health Talk by May 31 to receive discount.
FitPros offers a variety of DEIB events and workshops to include in your wellness offerings throughout the year.