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Celebrating Immigration Successes and Diversity

Celebrating Immigrant Success

The COVID-19 vaccine and an immigrant success story

Great news to the world as an announcement came out these 2 weeks! The COVID-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented turmoil across the globe. Mankind has suffered so much loss. But finally, we are seeing hope. The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is now on its way to be distributed to countries around the world.

BioNTech is a German biotechnology company founded by Dr. Ugur Sahin and his wife, Dr. Ozlem Tureci, who are both German of Turkish origin. Dr. Sahin was born in Turkey. His family immigrated to Cologne in Germany when he was at the age of 4 where his parents worked at a Ford factory. Dr. Ozlem Tureci was born in Germany. Her parents were Turkish physicians who immigrated from Istanbul.

Read the story of the immigrant heroes behind the vaccine.


Contribution of Immigrants to the Innovation and Economy of U.S. and the World

Did you know that approximately 15% of the U.S. population have started about 30% of American businesses? And that almost half of all the Fortune 500 companies were founded by immigrants and their children?

Read about immigration impact on the U.S economy:


Celebrating Women and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, Person of Color) Success

Kamala Harris named Time Person of the Year

She said, “While I may be the first woman in this office, I will not be the last.” The inspiring message was sent to all the girls: “This is a country of possibilities… regardless of your gender, dream with ambition, lead with conviction, see yourself in a way that others may not… we will applaud you every step of the way.” Let us extend these words to all our socially responsible governments and enterprises around the world. Let us not be afraid to dream and do something that others may not see us do.

Kamala Harris has been chosen by Time Magazine as Person of the Year 2020. Harris has made history to become the first woman, first black, and first South-Asian vice president-elect in the U.S. Harris is a daughter of Indian and Jamaican immigrants – Shyamala Gopalan (Mom) and Donald Harris (Dad). Her mom was born in India and got her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. Her dad was born in Jamaica and immigrated to the U.S. to get his graduate degree, and eventually became a professor at Stanford University.

Read more about Harris’ path to success.

Celebrating People with Disabilities (PoD) Success

People with Disabilities overcome more challenges and obstacles to reach success. Read about 10 majorly successful people of disabilities here.

Learn the stories behind Stephen Hawking, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR), Ralph Braun, John Hockenberry, Marlee Matlin, Stevie Wonder, Frida Kahlo, Helen Keller, Lenin Moreno and Sudha Chandran.

Tips on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Strategy

How corporate diversity initiatives trap workers of colour

When you develop and implement the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Strategy in your company, are you really taking meaningful actions or just lets say, “ticking the box”? How do you maintain the balance but not make it a “double-edged sword for black, indigenous and people of colour (BIPOC)”?


Learn about LGBTQ2+

What does it mean to be a LGBTQ2+ ally? How can you become an informed LGBTQ2+ ally?

LGBTQ2+ stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (or questioning), and two-spirited. The plus-sign represents other identities. Being an ally means you support pursuing equality and civil rights with the LGBTQ2+ communities. How can you take an active part in creating equality in your area of profession?

Read about Five ways to be a more informed LGBTQ2+ ally.

Read the LGBTQ2+: The Ultimate Q&A Guide.


BLACK LIVES MATTER (BLM)

What’s happening in U.S. re: Black Lives Matter?

Hundreds rally in Ohio’s capital in protest over police shooting of Black man. Read more here.

What’s happening in U.K re: Black Lives Matter?

How UK protesters are taking the spark of Black Lives Matter back to their hometowns. Read more here.

What’s happening in Australia re: Black Lives Matter?

Black Lives Matter protests kick-off across the country. Read more here.

What’s happening in Canada re: Black Lives Matter?

COVID19, #BlackLivesMatter top Twitter themes in 2020. Read more here.

What’s happening in New Zealand re: Black Lives Matter?

West Indies vs New Zealand: Teams to take a knee in Tests to show support towards ‘BLM’ movement. Read more here.

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About the author

Jess Man

Jessica is the Editor-in-Chief and Senior Diversity Advisor at Diversity Social. Jessica has over 10 years of working with and advising employers to be more diverse and create an inclusive working environment.
Jessica's experience spans private and non-profit sectors in multiple industries.
Jessica's expertise experience is beyond Diversity & Inclusion, she is also a certified professional IT recruiter in Data & Analytics, Database administration, Artificial Intelligence area.