Culture, diversity and inclusion

Interfaith employee network group

Celebrating and enriching the understanding of faith in the workplace

Our Interfaith employee network group (ENG) provides an active forum for members—who represent various faiths, including but not limited to Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Jewish and Hindu—to find support in practicing and helping others understand their faith. Interfaith is a place where courageous conversations can take place, and learning about other faiths or beliefs can be explored. 

Interfaith members work together to support faith-related activities, business initiatives and community service.

Rooted in their beliefs, members support and encourage excellence in the workplace and community.

RSM supports the annual Global Leadership Summit, which provides a diverse array of speakers who bring a unique blend of vision, inspiration and practical skills that can be applied immediately. All Interfaith members are invited to the summit each year, and this year the group is following up with regional book clubs to further relationships and conversations.

Recognizing the contributions of Jewish Americans

May is Jewish American Heritage Month (JAHM)—a month dedicated honoring the Jewish community’s contributions to American history. To formally recognize the Jewish community’s contributions, President George W. Bush proclaimed May as Jewish Heritage Month in 2006. As we continue to acknowledge the generations of Jewish Americans who helped shape American history, it’s also important to understand the journey and where it all began.

Jews first arrived in America 1654. In search of better lifestyles and opportunities, they found refuge in the U.S., a place that allowed them to openly practice their faith without the fear of persecution. The efforts to create a Jewish American Heritage Month were initially considered in 1980, when the first set of laws and proclamations were passed in Congress. By April of 2006, the entire month of May was dedicated to recognizing Jewish contributions and achievements. 

Over the years, Jewish people have been strong advocates for other minorities in America, even participating in the Civil Rights Movement, where they made up a large portion of white Americans who supported voter registrations and rallies. While there are many well-known Jewish Americans, Albert Einstein and Ruth Bader Ginsburg are among the most prominent. Without their contributions to society, we could have easily missed out on important scientific discoveries and the passing of laws related to reproductive rights, discrimination in the workplace, equal pay, women’s rights and gender equality.

As spring arrives each May with its promise of renewal, it provides a great opportunity to recognize and celebrate the contributions of Jewish Americans. At RSM, we celebrate our diverse employee population year-round but are particularly pleased during the month of May to recognize our Jewish American colleagues, friends and clients. In that spirit, the Multicultural employee network group (ENG) has recently joined forces with our Interfaith ENG to increase awareness of various cultural contributions and support members in their faith-related activities through the following initiatives:

  • Encouraging our people to connect, engage and share how they acknowledge the holiday on our internal social networking sites.
  • Launching the Jewish Faith Community, which offers our people a safe space to connect with allies (supporters of the Jewish community) and Jewish colleagues. The community is open to all RSM employees.
  • Hosting a virtual webcast with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Holocaust survivor, Al Munzer. During the event more than 500 of our people came together to discuss the importance of Holocaust history and education.

As the leader of our Multicultural ENG, I encourage you to watch this video, highlighting a few of our Multicultural ENG members discussing their Jewish American heritage with our Managing Partner and CEO Joe Adams, and how RSM supports them.

On behalf of our Multicultural ENG and the rest of our 13,000+ people in the U.S. and Canada, I’d like to wish you a wonderful Jewish American Heritage Month.

Shereen Agbebaku, Director and National Multicultural Employee Network Group Leader

RSM is committed to inclusion, and we value perspectives, journeys, milestones and progress that enrich us all.

Inclusion Starts with I: Interfaith

In our “Inclusion Starts with I” video series, CEO Joe Adams hosts candid conversations with members of our employee network groups. In this video, he talks with the national leader and other members of the Interfaith group.

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