Centric Commemorates is a new blog series where we’ll share, highlight and honor our people and the different celebrations or remembrances that are most important to our Centric family each month.
Each month at Centric Consulting, we highlight a different celebration or remembrance that helps us better understand the nuances of the world around us and empathize with one another as teammates and friends.
Beyond merely acknowledging these holidays and events as important to us as a company, we want to honor our team members who hold these days close to their hearts. Each month, we’ll include a personal perspective shared by one or more of our employees.
Our goal is to create awareness, support and empathy by sharing the voices of employees as they speak to topics not often discussed or highlighted. By listening to one another and making space for new perspectives, we’ll become stronger and more connected as a community.
Check back each month for a new perspective and the next installment of Centric Commemorates.
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Introduction by Maurice Faison
History is important. Context is important. Perspective is important.
February is the recognized month for all of us to look back at the role Black Americans have played in shaping our country. We look back not only to celebrate these individuals and their contributions, but we look back to inspire us and to remind us to keep moving forward.
W.E.B Du Bois and Mae Jemison’s determination and perseverance in their fields helped pave the way for many. We honor the legacy of Black History by using our own determination and perseverance to help pave the way for others.
This year during Black History Month, we learn from history, we learn from each other, and we offer our experiences and support to others within our company. In this spirit of learning, I invited my colleague David Wilkinson from our St. Louis practice and his daughter Alexis to share their perspectives on Black History Month.
Introduction by Jennifer Sturm
International Women’s Day, celebrated on March 8th, is a day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women, as well as to raise awareness about women’s equality.
The theme for International Women’s Day 2021: Choose to Challenge.
For me, this day isn’t all, “You Go Girl!” But rather, it’s a reminder of the work we have been putting in for hundreds of years and the work we still have to do. A reminder that women are still fighting for the same equal rights and protections as men. A reminder that women’s rights are still not explicitly recognized in the United States Constitution. While the Equal Protection Clause in the 14th Amendment prohibits states from denying any person equal protection under the law, women’s rights are not explicitly guaranteed.
This year, as we reflect on International Women’s Day and Gender Equality Month, I ask you to challenge yourself and the status quo. I ask you to stand up for women. I ask you to listen to women. I ask you to commit to women that you will challenge inequality and question stereotypes. Lastly, I ask you to challenge yourself to do the work to create a more inclusive world for all of us.
As we share our second installment of the Centric Commemorates series, two of my colleagues, Jen Barnes and Ruth Harrell offer their perspectives on how all people can see, support, and celebrate women in the continued quest for gender equality.