RI SHRM stands with Black Lives
To our Colleagues and Friends in the Human Resources Community:
Over the past several weeks, we have watched violence, acts of injustice, and rallies spread across our country, as we still struggle to respond to a global pandemic. It is a frightening and challenging time for our HR colleagues and their employees as we all try to find our way through this uncertain time in our country, our local communities, and our workplaces.
We recognize that many of our colleagues and members of our workforce are hurting and angry--struggling to find answers to the recent national incidents and the long history of systemic racism and injustice towards Black people and other minorities in our community. We also recognize that many employees are highly vulnerable now. As Human Resources professionals, we are in a unique position to make change happen in our organizations and we have a responsibility to do the right thing.
Rhode Island SHRM has focused on driving diversity initiatives in Rhode Island. Rhode Island is one of the most diverse states in our nation and we are proud to have a rich multicultural heritage. We have long celebrated the fact that this has contributed to the strength and resiliency of our workplaces, particularly during these difficult times.
Rhode Island SHRM proudly stands for social justice and racial equality. We strive to build communities and workplaces that promote diversity and inclusion, encourage understanding, and take action to create a positive workplace culture.
What we stand for:
What we oppose:
Acting as a collective voice, the Rhode Island SHRM Board encourages our colleagues to:
As Human Resources professionals, we need to be part of the solution to affect change. As a professional Human Resources organization, we stand ready to support you. We don’t have all the answers—we are all learning together. However, we are here to listen, connect you with others and support you. Our Diversity Committee will take the lead to provide you information and resources. Feel free to reach out to any of us and particularly our Diversity Director, Kevin Matta
SHRM also has valuable resources to support you:
We are passionate about affecting change—and we stand with you and all of those oppressed.
It’s time to do the right thing.
-The Board of Rhode Island SHRM
Cynthia J. Butler, SPHR, SHRM- SCP, State Chapter Director
Lynn Corwin, SHRM-CP PHR, State Operations Director
Patricia Lyons, JD, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, Treasurer and State Chapter Director-Elect
Pam DeMelim, Secretary
Gary Convertino, Ed.D, PHR, SHRM-CP, CPC, Workforce Development Director
Christine Cunneen, Director Sponsorships/Non-dues Revenue
Ray Dutelle, SHRM-SCP, Director at-large
Amy Grenga, PHR, SHRM-CP, Communications Director
Ken LeGendre, Membership Director
Kevin Matta, Diversity Director
Linda Olbrys, Student/College Relations and Emerging Leaders
Roxane Rusnak, SHRM-CP, Foundation Director
Scott Seaback, Programs/Professional Development Director
Gregory Tumolo, Esq., Legislative Affairs Director