We work hard to build and nurture a culture that is inclusive and welcoming for all employees. We know diversity and inclusion are essential to innovation, a strong work environment, and exceptional results. This fits in well with our culture that celebrates the unique, the different, and the individual. For us, this is who are and what we do, not just words in a policy.
We require three DEI training sessions for all employees per year, with the goal of nurturing an appreciation of differences and enhancing communication skills across diverse populations to better serve our co-workers, customers and clients. Each session dives into a different area of diversity, equity and inclusion and are led by a Certified Diversity Professional (CDP).
Michaels also actively supports organizations that promote STEM education to minorities. We are a partner employer in the STEM Partnership Program at South Dakota State University, which focuses on preparing young people for careers in STEM with outreach targeted at girls and minorities. We are also a proud corporate sponsor of the Science is All of Us experience at the Science Museum of Minnesota. The Science is All of Us initiative is opening doors to help everyone see themselves in science by providing new online experiences and activities, in-person events, and exhibits about the science connected to race and culture.