At Gartner, we believe that we are made better and stronger when we bring together individuals with diverse perspectives and experiences. Throughout the month of November, we are recognizing Native American Heritage Month by celebrating Native American culture. Learn more below.
November is a time to honor Native Americans through celebrating and learning more about their rich and diverse cultures. By educating ourselves about Native American traditions, histories, contributions, achievements and sacrifices we can better understand the unique challenges Native Americans face and how to address them. Throughout the month, our associates have the opportunity to honor Native American cultures and history, and we are kicking off the heritage month with an interactive event about the historical significance of Native Americans in U.S. culture. Through this event, our associates will also learn about exhibits and resources to take an even deeper dive into how Native American history and culture has impacted the United States.
Gartner associates who identify with the Native American community were invited to host a discussion about their culture and traditions with their colleagues who are interested in learning more. They’ll also discuss challenges that Indigenous Peoples worldwide face including the impact of boarding schools on Native communities. Finally, in collaboration with Gartner Gives, our associates are invited to learn how they can help make a difference with the Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA). NAYA is an urban center building strong partnerships and authentic relationships with tribes, organizations, communities of color and neighbors throughout the Portland region. They seek to enhance the diverse strengths of youth and families in partnership with the community through cultural identity and education. A representative from the center will be sharing the critical needs for members of the community and will offer ways for Gartner associates to help make a difference.
Our associate, Alexis Harris, Account Manager, has partnered with our Mosaic at Gartner Employee Resource Group to drive education about Native American culture throughout the month. “I am from the Forest County Potawatomi Nation in Wisconsin. Being Indigenous is something that plays a big role in my personal and private life. It has driven me to participate in a lot of diversity, equity, and inclusion conversations at Gartner, including starting the celebration of Native American Heritage Month. Through Gartner’s recognition and celebration of Native American Heritage month, I hope to increase awareness of the experience of Indigenous peoples and help educate associates. I think that it’s common for people to have preconceived notions about the native experience and I want to make sure others feel comfortable addressing questions they have or teach them something they may not have known otherwise”