The Black Lives Matter movement has inspired Buffalo, New York-based Evergreen Health and SUNY Buffalo State College to improve their diversity and inclusion (D&I) efforts.
According to Evergreen’s Equity and Inclusion Officer Ekua Mends-Aidoo, they are working on a three-year D&I that includes listening to patients and staff. She said they want to ensure that they are addressing the needs of the community and their employees are as diverse as the people they serve. The plan will focus on training, data and the company’s relationship with the community. At SUNY Buffalo State, Chief Diversity Officer Crystal Rodriguez said they are looking for more ways to ensure an inclusive environment for their faculty and staff. She said they want to recruit more faculty members from underrepresented groups and connect them not only to the campus but also to the community.