In June 2020 in response to an intensified call for social justice across the country, IMC formed an internal Diversity & Inclusion Network to support our organizational commitment to diversity and universal inclusion.
IMC’s Diversity and Inclusion Network is co-captained by three employees – Terence Morris, senior vice president of gift leasing; Kempen Olivier, director of security and safety; and Danielle Hall, IT project manager, and includes a steering committee comprised of 12 employees from across IMC’s departments and campuses.
The Network seeks to achieve four primary goals:
- create community for diverse professionals at IMC
- develop programming and forums addressing diversity, inclusion, human rights and social justice;
- implement policy changes at IMC supporting diversity and equal opportunities for advancement
- provide a platform for thought leadership in the industries we serve,” said Morris.
Growing the Effort and the Impact
Beyond creation of this Network, IMC committed to strengthen its commitment to the Black community by identifying and supporting key Black industry organizations and to work with them on partnerships that raise awareness and drive change.
15 Percent Pledge
IMC also accepted the 15 Percent Pledge – a commitment through which brands pledge 15 percent of their shelf space to Black-owned business – by dedicating at least 15 percent of its marketing content channels to feature and highlight Black designers, retailers and exhibitors with features, webinars, collaborations and more.
House Bill 426
Additionally, IMC is taking actions to support the passage of House Bill 426, also known as the Georgia Hate Crimes Act, which pushes for stronger penalties for those convicted of targeting a victim based on color, gender, origin, race, religion and sexual orientation.
Diversity Inclusion Network Steering Committee