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May 31, 2023

As we reflect on the month of May, we would like to encourage our members to tap into the resources below to join in the celebrations and conversations around the AAPI Heritage Month, Haitian Heritage Month and Jewish American Heritage Month.

Annually, we recognize the above heritages to celebrate the rich and diverse cultures, their contributions, traditions, and accomplishments, all while raising overall awareness.

AAPI Heritage Month is a time to celebrate the rich and diverse heritage, traditions, and accomplishments of the AAPI community, while also raising awareness of the continued challenges of prejudice, discrimination, and underrepresentation.

To Support: The Thrillist provides a full list of local AAPI businesses in Greater New Orleans to support, from restaurants and pubs to tattoo studios and salons.  

Haitian Heritage Month (HHM) commemorated each May, allows Haitians and lovers of Haitian culture and society to recognize the rich culture, distinctive art, and delicious food and learn about the traditions of Haiti and its people.

To Listen: Haitian Arts Podcast Series (HAPS) is a podcast hosted by the Haitian Heritage Museum highlighting various Haitian art forms.

Jewish American Heritage Month (JAHM) each May is a celebration of the contributions and experiences of Jewish Americans and highlights how America’s Jewish communities have shaped and been shaped by the cultural, social, and economic fabric of the United States.

To Read: The Jewish Book Council suggests over 24 titles that highlight the Jewish American experience throughout history.

March 22, 2023

There is so much to celebrate in the month of March!

March presents a unique opportunity for our chapter to acknowledge Gender Equality Month (including the nationally recognized Women’s History Month) & Ethnic Equality Month. As a chapter that is committed to equality on all fronts, it is encouraged to reflect on personal and professional commitments to the work of equality and equity and how, in turn, your commitment can shape our local community.  

Let’s continue this work, together.

March is also noted to recognize Irish American Heritage Month and Greek American Heritage Month. During this month, we celebrate the traditions of two heritages that have greatly contributed to New Orleans culture (and beyond), through art forms that include architecture, music, dance, and food. Here are a few resources to explore this month:

To Visit: The Irish Cultural Museum of New Orleans; this museum depicts New Orleans history and the tie it has to Irish culture; featuring interactive kiosks, research and reading library and a unique coffee house. (933 Conti St, New Orleans, LA 70112)

To Watch: The Irish Pub; a documentary, that can be streamed on Prime Video and Peacock, takes viewers through several conversations surrounding the unique characteristics and legacies of Irish pubs.

To Eat: The Simple Greek; is a locally owned and operated, fast-casual Greek restaurant with authentic flavors and recipes from the Mediterranean. (419 Carondelet Street, New Orleans, LA 70130)

To Listen: The Greek Taverna playlist on Spotify; engage in 3.5 hours of sound from various artists.

To Practice: Have you ever been curious to learn a few words in the beautiful Irish or Greek languages? To dive into these languages, try practicing using the free Duolingo mobile app. Language learning is another great way to enhance cultural competence by way of learning common words and phrases.

February 28, 2023

February launches the initiative for us to stay connected yet aware of the monumental contributions that culturally diverse individuals bring to our society, community and to our chapter. Black History Month is a time for us to recognize the history and the impact that African Americans have on our country and community and to recommit ourselves to the ideals of equity and human rights.

As we reflect on Black History Month, NOLA SHRM would like to encourage our members to tap into the resources below to join in the impactful conversations but also in the celebrations of Black culture and excellence.

To Watch & Listen: The 1619 Project; a Hulu Docuseries. The series seeks to reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of Black Americans at the very center of our national narrative. Also, give the 1619 Podcast a listen on Spotify.

To Visit: New Orleans African American Museum; This museum seeks to elevate the art, culture and contributions of African Americans. (1418 Governor Nicholls St. New Orleans, LA 70116)

To Support: Backatown Coffee Parlour & Baldwin & Co. are local black owned businesses. Backatown Coffee Parlour (301 Basin St Suite 1, New Orleans, LA 70112) is a cafĂ© with colorful murals and tasty bites while Balwin & Co. (1030 Elysian Fields Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117) is a bookstore with floor to ceiling selections of literature.  

Diversity Director

Christina Hall


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