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Diane Kaplan, President/CEO of the Rasmuson Foundation, Jocasta Gee, Diversity Coordinator for the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, and Bruce Bustamante, President/CEO of the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce. (Rasmuson Foundation)





The Anchorage Chamber of Commerce is proud to celebrate diversity with World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development on May 21, 2019.

“The Anchorage Chamber endorses the development and implementation of diversity and inclusion strategies that advance productivity, innovation, and economic growth, and has launched a new Diversity Committee to better facilitate diversity and inclusion within its membership” said Jocasta Gee, Diversity Coordinator.

World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development is an international initiative of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). In 2001, UNESCO adopted the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity and in December 2002, the United Nations General Assembly, in its resolution 57/249, declared May 21 to be the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.

The Chamber celebrates World Day for Cultural Diversity with the intention of deepening our city’s understanding of the values of cultural diversity, advancing the goals of:

Advocating for economic inclusion and facilitating minority business prosperity and development;

Supporting a diverse and inclusive workforce, business environment and community through connectivity; and

Providing education resources and opportunities for historically undeserved populations to connect, learn and grow.

In order to better serve the Anchorage business community and grow membership, the Anchorage Chamber Board of Directors has established a new Diversity Committee, with key priorities being to (1) prioritize a Board of Directors that reflects the diversity of our city and a growing membership of businesses representing the diversity of our business owners and entrepreneurs; (2) Enhance the Chamber's outreach to under-served business leaders from diverse communities; and (3) Continue to develop and use existing programming that would better serve new businesses, especially from entrepreneurs. We continue to seek support to implement our diversity plan. The Rasmuson Foundation and Alyeska Pipeline have donated $35,000 to kick off the effort.

“Honoring World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development is a way for us to show that the Anchorage business community is for everyone,” added Gee. “From the launch of our Diversity Committee, to promoting diversity and inclusion in our Make It Monday series, to highlighting our diverse membership, the Anchorage Chamber continues understand the importance of acknowledging and embracing cultural diversity and awareness. ”

Everyone is encouraged to celebrate World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. The Chamber hopes to start the conversation about the importance of diversity and inclusion in Anchorage because it enhances the business community and the economic development of the region.

RESOURCES:

The United Nations page for World Day for Cultural Diversity of Dialogue and Development http://www.un.org/en/events/culturaldiversityday/

UNESCO: Diversity of Cultural Expressions http://en.unesco.org/creativity/

 

CONTACT: Jocasta Gee, Diversity Coordinator, Anchorage Chamber of Commerce (Diversity@AnchorageChamber.org)

PHOTO CAPTION: Diane Kaplan, President/CEO of the Rasmuson Foundation, Jocasta Gee, Diversity Coordinator for the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, and Bruce Bustamante, President/CEO of the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce.

PHOTO CREDIT: Rasmuson Foundation

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