Global Diversity Awareness Month reminds us of our responsibility to protect and support global cultures, all of which are part of our shared heritage—and should be part of our collective future. When we learn about, celebrate, and cultivate other cultures, we expand the potential of everyone.

Global Diversity Awareness Month reminds us of our responsibility to protect and support global cultures, all of which are part of our shared heritage—and should be part of our collective future. When we learn about, celebrate, and cultivate other cultures, we expand the potential of everyone.

So many societies around the world have left their imprint on global culture, giving us all a richer palette of experiences to color our own lives. Food, music, games, customs, goods and services, and even problem solving are all enhanced from a more inclusive, global perspective. But recent United Nations’ reports have shown that indigenous cultures around the world are struggling for survival, with heritages both at home and abroad disappearing from the world stage.1 As they do, our collective horizon narrows, giving us all a more limited future and a narrower potential for growth.

Our digitally connected world today allows us to experience and learn about other cultures more easily than ever. However, it also contributes to the exporting and adoption of the world’s more dominant cultures, limiting everyone’s ability to experience and grow from new ideas and perspectives. Global Diversity Awareness Month gives us the opportunity to celebrate the many cultures we already know along with their contributions to our daily lives, while reminding us to recognize and learn more about cultures we may not be familiar with—but which have just as much potential to expand our possibilities for the future.

At Cetera, we are committed to raising global diversity awareness and respecting global cultures in the interest of what matters most—embracing our differences as a means to collective growth and well-being. Cross-cultural experiences are a doorway to developing friendships and professional relationships that connect us to the many communities around us in ways that can benefit everyone. Join us in honoring Global Diversity Awareness Month by seeking new global experiences and sharing them on social via #CeteraCelebrates.

Members of the Cetera community share their thoughts on how we can build a more inclusive profession that uplifts, celebrates and serves the needs of all investors. Whether it’s through personal education, networking and expanding into new markets, or just asking simple questions and listening, adopting some of these ideas can help each of us become better community members, leaders, and true citizens of the world.

Caring Cetera Raises $240,000 (and Counting) for Diversity in Financial Planning Scholarship

To help encourage greater representation and access within our profession, Caring Cetera launched the Diversity in Financial Planning Scholarship, offering financial and mentorship support to students from communities traditionally underrepresented in financial services. To date, $240,000 has been raised to help deserving students pursue their financial planning career.
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Suggested Watching

 

Learn more about the world around us and experience other cultures by watching movies that remind us that we are all global. These movies may spark ideas for discussion and further exploration.

Tales by Light

Creator: Abraham Joffe
Stars: Darren Jew, Art Wolfe, Krystle Wright

Join photographers and filmmakers to learn about efforts to protect indigenous cultures in this Netflix docuseries.

On the Way to School

Director: Pascal Plisson
Stars: Marie-Claire Javoy, Pascal Plisson

Join four children from Kenya, Argentina, Morocco and India who have not met but share determination on their long walks to school.

Queen of Katwe

Director: Mira Nair
Stars: Madina Nalwanga, David Oyelowo, Lupita Amondi Nyong'o

Watch the true story about how a Ugandan girl’s world changes once she learns how to play chess.

Suggested Reading

 

Gain a greater understanding of and appreciation for global cultures by diving into the works of creative writers. Below are a few suggestions to get you started. For more ideas, check out We Need Diverse Books, and help ensure children in your community see themselves represented in books.

International Night: A Father and Daughter Cook Their Way Around the World

by Mark Kurlansky and Talia Kurlansky
Spin the globe and plan an international theme night at home with more than 250 global recipes and stories. Use the experience of cooking to develop a new appreciation for customs and traditions unlike your own.

Imani’s Moon

by Gloria Anzaldúa
Hear traditional Maasai stories underscoring the power of self-confidence that inspire readers of all ages to reach for their dreams.

The Kite Runner

by Khaled Hosseini
Dive into Khaled Hosseini’s debut novel, now a contemporary classic, about family and friendship in Afghanistan.

1 United Nations Report: State of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

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