RECRUITING AND HIRING PRACTICES
Khevna Patel manages the development of diversity-related recruitment, professional development, retention, and advancement of diverse lawyers and staff at all levels. As Manager of DE&I and Head Recruiter, Khevna believes that we have one chance to help shape someone’s future, and everyone should be given that chance.
INTERNAL INCLUSION EFFORTS
The DE&I Steering Committee oversees cultural awareness and educational opportunities for employees via the DE&I Calendar Committee. Membership is open to all employees and the committee is comprised of attorneys, paralegals, administrative staff, leadership, intake specialists, and many others from all departments within the firm. As a committee, they collaborate on monthly internal educational resources and activities to provide through various platforms to the staff. They develop firm wide resources including information, materials, contests, celebrations, community involvement opportunities, to cultivate awareness of diverse monthly holidays/days of observance, historical and current events, dates of remembrance, and much more. The DE&I Calendar Committee is also a place for conversation where discussion is encouraged and a safe environment to share experience is maintained.
In 2020, committee members established Juneteenth as a paid holiday for all employees.
CULTURAL AWARENESS TRAINING
DE&I training sessions are provided to train leadership on carrying out equity, diversity, and inclusion. In 2020, the DE&I Steering Committee coordinated inclusive training for the leadership at Brown & Crouppen.
DE&I Speaker Series:
The DE&I Steering Committee created an ongoing DE&I Speaker Series to facilitate effective dialogue, provide insight and training to our staff, and build a culture that is responsive to diversity issues. The series features a variety of moderators who share messages on cultural awareness and diversity. All employees at Brown & Crouppen are encouraged to participate.
Past speaker topics include:
- Racism and Diversity Training with Tim Wise
- Disability Etiquette and Awareness Training with Paraquad
COMMITTEE MEMBER FEEDBACK
The DE&I Steering Committee provides various opportunities to enable employees to become more aware of unconscious bias and other barriers to diversity and inclusion, motivate positive behaviors and attitudes essential for creating and maintaining a respectful, inclusive workplace. Khevna Patel leads the Diversity Equity & Inclusion Steering Committee and their efforts to cultivating a workplace where everyone feels valued and included. Khevna plans to create accountability for results and ensure the efforts are communicated to the firm, clients, and the community. Khevna serves as the public voice for Brown & Crouppen’s diversity-related outreach efforts, coordinates the firm’s participation in external diversity events, and is a liaison to employees, clients, and other external constituencies regarding diversity initiatives. For more information, please email email@example.com.