Blue Cross Employees to Celebrate Diversity in Monthlong Series

Amy Barczy

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Amy Barczy is a former brand journalist who authored content at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. Prior to her time at Blue Cross from 2019-2024, she was a statewide news reporter for MLive.com. She has a decade of storytelling experience in local news media markets including Lansing, Grand Rapids, Holland, Ann Arbor and Port Huron.

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Being educated about different cultures, communities, experiences and perspectives is essential during this time of national turmoil. Promoting the awareness of diversity and inclusion is critical to the mission of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan – both in community efforts and internally with employees. Earlier this summer, Blue Cross joined affiliate Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association companies from across the country in a pledge to make meaningful change to address longstanding issues at the heart of racial injustice in our society. One of the ways Blue Cross makes diversity and inclusion a priority in the workplace is through virtual webinars to amplify the voices of employees and outside speakers throughout the entire year with more than 200 learning sessions and experiential volunteer activities. This August, employees can attend a specially designed series of virtual sessions throughout the entire month. The “Celebrate Diversity!” series begins with a learning session with Blue Cross employees sharing stories of empathy and compassion during COVID-19 and the racial tensions in their communities. In additional sessions, Blue Cross employees will talk about what it means to be a Black man in America today. Asian-American speakers will share about the prejudice they have experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic. Speakers will discuss bi-polar disorder and other mental illnesses, how other cultures view LGBTQ+ individuals, how the French settled Detroit and the history and culture of the Greek community in metro Detroit. Author Antoine Jackson will also share his story of living with a parent with mental illness. The series will culminate with a session featuring Blue Cross President and CEO Daniel J. Loepp who will reflect on COVID-19, health disparities and racial tensions, and employee speakers will talk about the importance of being an ally. More from MIBluesPerspectives.com:
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Blues Perspectives

Aug 11, 2020 at 6:10pm

Thank you, Cheri! It's simply not enough to make sure everyone has a seat at the table. Across all Blue Cross Blue Shield Plans, we have maintained our longstanding commitment to ensuring that everyone not only has a seat but that everyone feels heard and is welcome. Thank you, Candice

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Cheri Najor

Aug 7, 2020 at 1:57pm

A beautifully-written article that helps us all understand how critically important it is to actively participate in educating ourselves about a wide variety of diversity issues. I am enjoying having my mind opened in such a gentle yet powerful way. Thank you ALL for helping to make the world a more tolerant, inclusive and connected place. The work you do matters. We need all hands on deck now more than ever. :)

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