November marked Native American Heritage Month with the National Diversity Council and the Michigan Diversity Council kicking off its inaugural Native American Summit. The summit’s theme was, “Standing Together and Taking Action” and addressed and educated organizations on their efforts to foster outreach and inclusion of Native American/Indigenous People. It served as a platform for organizations, leaders and individuals to share their stories, experiences, best practices, and contributions in increasing Native American/Indigenous representation and creating a more equitable and inclusive workplace.

The summit featured keynote speaker, Andra Rush, Founder and CEO of The Rush Group. The event also featured concurrent sessions including Inclusive Leadership Through an Indigenous Lens; Standing Together and Taking Action; and Building Back Stronger, Together.  Featured event topics were Dismantling Negative Impacts of Media Portrayals and Stereotypes; Native American Voices; Land Acknowledgements; Driving Inclusion; Creating an Inclusive Workforce; Fostering Cultural Awareness and Competency; Native American Rights, Activism and Social Justice; Closing the Gap: Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Healthcare and  Promoting Native American Business Opportunities and Development.

To close off Native American Heritage Month, the NDC released videos on the unique experiences of Native American professionals and how they navigate their identity, biases and legacy. Watch the videos below: 

The National Diversity Council shares #nativevoices with the Native American Heritage Month video series.

Victoria Wright, Author of “Healing Words” & Voice Over Artist shares how her #heritage impacted her purpose in giving back to the #NativeAmerican community and ways companies can be more #inclusive. #RiseandLead

Kevin Leonard, Assistant Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine shares how his #heritage impacted his purpose in giving back to the #NativeAmerican community and ways companies can be more #inclusive. #RiseandLead

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