Pride Month and Juneteenth - Our Ongoing Commitment
At connectRN, we believe a community’s strength comes from its diversity. As a team, we continue to work on how we live the connectRN mission, connecting nurses and aides from different backgrounds and experiences and building a community where every Connector is valued.
This June, we will be highlighting two key holidays that are meaningful to our culture at connectRN and to our greater community.
Juneteenth is the longest-standing national celebration of the end of slavery in the United States. This holiday is an important reminder of the lasting impacts of slavery in our country. While celebrating the end of slavery, we reflect on the ongoing struggle of Black Americans to achieve freedom and equality in our society. As part of our official recognition of Juneteenth as a holiday, all shifts on June 19th will be paid at time and a half.
We have made Juneteenth a paid holiday to respect and honor Black Americans in our community, and acknowledge that true freedom and equality is not yet a reality for all. We stand with the Black members of our community to build a better future together.
We’ll be sharing more education and resources on Juneteenth throughout the month to continue learning about the history of this holiday. We invite you to do the same and to continue the discussion and virtual celebration on our online community, The Beat.
June is also PRIDE month, which honors the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan, a pivotal moment in gay and lesbian liberation. The Stonewall uprising was led by Marsha P. Johnson, a Black trans woman, and Sylvia Rivera, a Latinx trans woman. The LGBTQ+ movement has been driven by queer and trans Black and brown people since its origin. LGBTQ+ equality is intertwined with racial justice, which makes June an even more significant month for us to focus and reflect on our diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts and commitment.
The work does not stop here. These are just a few of the steps we will continue to take toward building a better, stronger, more diverse, and inclusive community at connectRN.
We are committed to continued learning and to providing holistic support to our entire Community. We know that this is just the beginning and that we can and must continue to do more in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion across our organization.
Please feel free to reach out to us at any time if you have feedback on how we can do better in this important area.
As always, thank you for being a part of our community.
Your Team at connectRN