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August 14, 2023

Vitalia Strongsville Elaborates on Their Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Category: D&I Series

Author: Danielle Kencson, Executive Director

As a company, Arrow Senior Living has made learning about and celebrating our unique differences a part of our company culture. So much so that, in recent years, it has become an extension of our core values. And now, going on our second year, Arrow has expanded beyond yearly diversity, equity, and inclusion workshops to create Arrow’s D&I Speaker Series, which pairs special guest speakers with residents from our communities to have conversations on a wide range of topics such as mental health, PRIDE, Juneteenth, and so much more. We believe that sparking conversations on what some may believe to be sensitive topics helps to shed light on misconceptions and ultimately brings about understanding as it relates to the experiences of others. This ensures our employees and residents have the tools to build a safe place to live and work, one where a diverse group can come together and feel equally seen, heard, and included.  

Vitalia Strongsville DEI goes beyond training and mentoring. It is a way of life. One of my favorite conversations thus far this past year was A Mental Health Awareness Conversation on Anxiety with Sandy McGatha & Debbie Dewey.

Diversity training has opened my eyes to the beauty of the human tapestry. By embracing our differences, we can collectively work towards building a more understanding and compassionate world. Through interactive exercises, I have had the privilege of connecting with individuals from various backgrounds, cultures, and beliefs. This exposure has enriched my perspective and has taught me the value of empathy and open-mindedness.

Equality training has reinforced the notion that everyone deserves equal opportunities, regardless of their race, gender, sexual orientation, or other aspects of their identity. This training has empowered me to be a proactive ally, standing alongside marginalized groups, and supporting their right to be treated with dignity and respect. Witnessing the impact of this training in my interactions with others has been incredibly gratifying.

One of the most rewarding aspects of participating in DEI training has been witnessing my personal growth and transformation. These training sessions challenged my preconceived notions, encouraging me to step outside my comfort zone and explore new perspectives. As a result, I have become more adaptable and open to change, making me better equipped to navigate the complexities of life.

The series on mental health was a profound experience that touched my heart. It delved into the often-overlooked aspect of our well-being and highlighted the importance of mental health care. As a society, we have made significant strides in reducing the stigma surrounding mental health issues, but there is still much work to be done. This series provided a safe space for open discussions about mental health, allowing participants to share their experiences and vulnerabilities without judgment. The insights gained from this series have helped me become a more empathetic and understanding individual, breaking down the barriers that separate us and bringing us closer together.

These conversations have only just begun, and I look forward to the conversations to come and all the new growth and opportunity that lies ahead as we work toward creating the greatest and safest place to work that we can! 

VITALIA® Strongsville in Strongsville, OH offers independent senior apartments, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include restaurant dining, 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Centrally located near Southwest General Hospital with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Mallard Creek, Southpark Mall, Strongsville Historical Society, The Greens of Strongsville Shopping , and Don’s Pomeroy House.

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