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Affinity & Identity

The Connect Teams for Affinity & Identity bring programs and resources — including alumni advice — about topics such as underrepresented industries, BIPOC in the workplace, group affiliations, and more.

May Highlights

COVID-19 and Diversity in the Film Industry

A recent Hollywood Diversity Report shows an increase in inclusivity and diversity within the film industry. This year it was found that more women and Black, Indigenous, people of color were included within entertainment. This diversity within films allows for minorities to relate to films in a new way. As we move forward within the film industry, we hope to see this continued trend of including diversity.

Building An Environmentally Sustainable Workplace

Companies, more and more, are beginning to adopt environmentally sustainable workplace practices. Not only does this fulfill a corporate social responsibility which is crucial in hoping to have a better future for both the consumer and the business but, because sustainability makes business sense, in terms of reduced operational costs, improved employee health and well-being, and a better bottom line. 

And bottom line, here are some cold, hard data points!!

  • Buildings have the largest potential of reducing greenhouse gas emissions
  • Emission savings potential could be as high as 84 gigatons of CO2 by 2050
  • US Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified buildings use 25% less energy and 11% less water than those uncertified and non-green buildings
  • According to owners, green buildings, whether new or retro-fitted, increase around 7% in asset value
  • Employees in environmentally sustainable workplaces are on average 16% more productive
  • LEED buildings’ maintenance is 20% lower than typical commercial buildings. Green building retrofit can have an immediate effect of reducing operational costs by 10% in just a year
  • An improvement in indoor air quality due to lower concentrations of CO2 and better ventilation) has been linked to at least 7% improvement in employee performance (Park & Yoon, 2011)
  • Studies suggest employees prefer to work in companies with sustainability credentials.

In moving forward, we can make workplaces a place of transformation and change. With changes in energy management, waste reduction, digitization, employee engagement, and awareness, we can help build a better future and a more sustainable one!

Understanding Fatigue and How to Go about it

Recognizing that this year has been in large parts affected by the pandemic along with mass media violence and hate against Black, Indigenous, people of color, it is important for people to know how to go about saying you need a break. Making yourself a priority is crucial in understanding and valuing your dignity and identity. To quote Audrey Lorde: “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” 

Rest is just as revolutionary as any action. Whether it is at work, school, or simply a conversation in passing, maintaining your peace and energy is incredibly important in keeping yourself level-headed and avoiding emotional and mental exhaustion. Rest is an integral but often neglected aspect of any movement — sufficient rest rejuvenates our minds and bodies and allows us to bring our best selves to our work. Rest is revolution. It can restore, empower, heal, and cultivate joy. Healing justice means that we begin to value care, emotional labor, and resilience, not as add-ons but as central components of sustainability that restore us to life. Be easy on yourself and allow yourself to experience peace in yourself that matters!

Featured Blog Post

What’s Not to Love?Jesse Zanger

Jesse Zanger graduated from Hamilton College in 1992 with a degree in philosophy. He is currently the managing editor at CBSNewYork.com and was a former member of The Spectator at Hamilton College where he regularly wrote an op-ed column while hosting a radio show centered around news and another one centered around music. Join us as he brings us along his journey with The Spectator!

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