Diversity and Inclusion Awareness Series

Haynes and Boone is participating with the Equal Employment Opportunity Special Emphasis Observances series to promote diversity and inclusion awareness and education. Learn more.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) inspired our country with his messages of courage, compassion, equality, leadership and service. In observance of his birthday, a federal holiday was established and signed into law by President Ronald Reagan on November 2, 1983. On MLK Day, you are encouraged to remember Dr. King’s vision of peace and love and to consider how his teachings can be used to better serve our communities. 

“The time is always right to do the right thing.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

African American History Month

In 1926, Dr. Carter G. Woodson, the founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, organized a week of celebration in February to raise awareness about African Americans’ contributions to American culture and history. In 1986, Congress established February as National Black (Afro-American) History Month.

In recognition of Black History Month, we hope that everyone at the firm will take time to reflect on how those from diverse backgrounds have contributed to our history and culture. It is vital that we also recognize the considerable work that remains to achieving a true and representative measure of diversity — both in society and within the firm.

“Those who have no record of what their forebears have accomplished lose the inspiration which comes from the teaching of biography and history.” – Dr. Carter G. Woodson

National Women’s History Month

National Women’s History Month was established in 1987 through a Congressional resolution. The origin of this celebration date back to March 8, 1857 when female textile workers marched in protest of unfair working conditions and unequal rights for women. March 8th later came to be recognized as International Women’s Day where communities celebrated the many contributions women have made to society throughout history. In 1978, this observance turned into a week-long event known as Women’s History Week and was a means for schools to introduce lessons on women’s history. The event was expanded into a month-long celebration in 1987.

In recognition of National Women’s History Month, we hope that everyone at the firm will take time to reflect on and appreciate how women have contributed to our history and culture. Learn more about Haynes and Boone’s women’s initiatives. 

“Society as a whole benefits immeasurably from a climate in which all persons, regardless of race or gender, may have the opportunity to earn respect, responsibility, advancement and remuneration based on ability.” – Sandra Day O’Connor, first female Supreme Court Justice

Asian/Pacific Heritage Month

The month of May was chosen to commemorate two significant events in history: the immigration of the first Japanese immigrants to the United States on May 7, 1843, and the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The roots of this history month can be traced back to 1976, when the president of the Organization of Chinese American Women contacted government officials about the lack of Asian/Pacific representation in the U.S. bicentennial celebrations that year. The initial observance began in 1979 as Asian Heritage Week, established by congressional proclamation. In 1992, President George H.W. Bush signed legislation designating May of every year Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month. We celebrate Asian/Pacific American Heritage month by recognizing both the diversity and the common experiences of many groups who have influenced our history and societies.

"Success is a collection of problems solved." – I. M. Pei

Pride Month

Each June, people across the nation come together to show support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) rights, culture and communities. Pride Month commemorates the Stonewall Rebellion in 1969 and the impact the riots and LGBTQ people have had on society.

Advocates continue to work toward a future without discrimination in the workplace and beyond. At Haynes and Boone, we strive to create an environment in which every individual at every level has the opportunity to succeed professionally, regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity and expression, national origin, parental status, race, religion, sexual orientation and/or socio-economic experiences. 

As a testament to our efforts, the firm was recently recognized as a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality in the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's 2020 Corporate Equality Index, earning a 100% rating. This perfect score affirms our dedication to making the firm a supportive environment for all our lawyers and staff. 

“My strong view is everyone should be treated with dignity and respect. That’s the way I look at everyone, regardless of their sexual orientation, regardless of their religion, their gender, their ethnic history, regardless of their gender identity.” – Apple CEO Tim Cook.

Hispanic Heritage Month

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15 by celebrating the culture, heritage and contributions of Hispanic Americans, whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, and South America. Their stories shape our national experience and identity.

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting September 15, which is the anniversary of independence for the following Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively. 

Over the next month, we hope you will join us in paying tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans whose stories, national experience and identity have influenced and enriched our nation and society.

“The dynamism of any diverse community depends not only on the diversity itself but on promoting a sense of belonging among those who formerly would have been considered and felt themselves outsiders.” – Sonia Sotomayor, associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October marks National Disability Employment Awareness Month.  The U.S. has made great strides in helping people with disabilities receive accommodations in the workplace, although employment barriers still exist and need to be addressed. Congress first created National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week in October 1945 with the goal of helping disabled veterans. Seventeen years later, the word "physically" was removed from the phrase to recognize the needs and contributions of individuals with all types of disabilities. In the 1970s, a shift in disability public policy led to further amendments. 

In 1986, the National Council on Disability recommended enacting the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and drafted the first version of the bill. President George H. W. Bush signed the final version into law in 1990 and designated the full month of October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month. 

“America welcomes into the mainstream of life all of our fellow citizens with disabilities,” President Bush stated at the signing of the ADA. “We embrace you for your abilities and for your disabilities, for our similarities and indeed for our differences, for your past courage and your future dreams.”

Native American Heritage Month

In 1976, Congress designated Native American Awareness Week to recognize the influences of Native Americans throughout history. In 1990, President Bush proclaimed November as National American Indian Month, which is also referred to as National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month.

November provides an opportunity to honor the hundreds of native communities across the United States while also recognizing the unique challenges Native Americans have faced and the ways native citizens have worked to conquer these challenges.

During this Native American Heritage Month, we encourage you to take time to recognize the rich and diverse cultures, traditions and histories, and important contributions of native peoples to the cultural development and growth of the United States. 

"All acts of kindness are lights in the war for justice." Joy Harjo, first Native American U.S. Poet Laureate