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The Diversity & Inclusion Blog. We post about diversity events, programs and initiatives as well as diversity committee and employee engagement group work as well. If you would like to see your program or event highlighted here Email: dio@umassmed.edu 

Interfaith Employee Resource Group

Posted On: Thursday, August 09, 2018 Posted By: Sibgha Javaid, Intern DIO Tags: Employee Resource Groups, Interfaith Employee Resource Group

The Interfaith ERG promotes religious tolerance, understanding, and the promotion of our core values. The network enables people of all religions to come together and express their faiths in appropriate and meaningful ways in the workplace. It also explores the relationship of spirituality and patient care by enhancing communications among those who share a religious belief. The Interfaith ERG is co-chaired by Melissa Scher and Cecilia Vernes.

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Religion and Culture: How Two Social Forces Unite II

Posted On: Tuesday, July 31, 2018 Posted By: Sibgha Javaid, Intern DIO Tags: Events, Interfaith Employee Resource Group

Do we view culture as a fluid concept, or are there rigid cultural norms deeply instilled within our societies? In the same way that religion seems strict and unyielding, culture can also seem like a concrete system of fixed meanings and symbols.[1] However, both culture and religion are endlessly shifting as people often change their outlooks due to certain political or social contexts. The word culture has origins from the word to “cultivate” or to grow, or care for. Thus to have a culture, to be cultural, is to adapt or grow into the customs of an acquired space.

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Religion and Culture: How Two Social Forces Unite I

Posted On: Monday, July 30, 2018 Posted By: Sibgha Javaid, Intern DIO Tags: Employee Resource Groups, Events, Interfaith Employee Resource Group

If culture shapes the way we see the world, religion defines what the purpose of this world is for its adherents.[1] However, in modern discourse, these terms are used almost synonymously; so we must look at the origins and uses of both terms historically as well as today in order to gain a better understanding of both. Religion is often simply referred to as “the belief in or the worship of a god or gods.”[2] However, religion is two-pronged, consisting of both what people believe and also what people do.

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Religion and Culture in the Workplace Discussion

Posted On: Wednesday, July 11, 2018 Posted By: Sibgha Javaid, Intern DIO Tags: Employee Resource Groups, Interfaith Employee Resource Group

Cultural sensitivity is increasingly important. However, to truly gain a better understanding of culture, we need to understand the role that religion plays in shaping culture, and vice versa. Both culture and religion are highly influenced by one another, and often cannot be fully separated.

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RESCHEDULED for April 4 Nowruz Celebration

Posted On: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 Posted By: Diversity Office Tags: Interfaith Employee Resource Group, International Comments count

International Education Week

Posted On: Thursday, November 10, 2016 Posted By: Diversity Office Tags: Committee on Equal Opportunity and Diversity, Interfaith Employee Resource Group, International Committee Comments count

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