Embracing Identities on International Women’s Day

Dataiku Company Jerneeka Sams

At Dataiku, we value the diversity of our workplace. We believe a diverse and inclusive business makes us, and society, stronger. It’s also clear for us that change must come from each and every one of us: as individuals, as global citizens, as companies, and as Dataiku.

People’s identities are multiple and shaped by various and intersecting elements. To support this important message and celebrate International Women’s Day — a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women — we asked women at Dataiku to unveil one of the many parts of their identity that helped shape them today in the video below.

 

We also interviewed Ruqaiya Shipchandler and Hadrien Servy — two members of our newly established DEI Advisory Council — who recently volunteered to facilitate internal workshops encouraging Dataikers to explore their own identities together.

Hadrien Servy, Customer Success Manager Team Lead “We asked people to complete a series of statements such as “the part of my identity that I am least aware of on a daily basis is…” or “the part of my identity that provides me the most privileges is…” with the ability to select one of the following items: race, gender identity, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, political views, and income level / class. If you try to answer some of these questions yourself, you’ll see how difficult it is to pick only one choice for each of them. It creates an immediate reflection on who you are and makes you question things you don’t often think about. It also helps you be more mindful about other people’s experiences in general and I believe this is how you build better inclusion.” 

— Hadrien Servy, Customer Success Manager Team Lead 

Ruqaiya Shipchandler, Competitive Intelligence Analyst“I discovered this exercise myself as I was participating in an icebreaker activity at an external partner event. I found it so thought provoking and approachable that I suggested facilitating the “Embracing Identities” workshop during our company kickoff. I believe that the concept of intersectionality is important to explore and understand. We are all made up of a sum of our identities. The concept of intersectionality is how these identities kind of intersect and create a network. This network dictates how we experience the world, how the world experiences us, and in some cases, unfortunately it’s also how we experience discrimination.” 

—Ruqaiya Shipchandler, Market Strategy Analyst

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