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This Juneteenth, Vantage Data Centers Focuses on Education, Community and Equity
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This Juneteenth, Vantage Data Centers Focuses on Education, Community and Equity

On Wednesday, June 19, 2024, we will recognize and commemorate Juneteenth. This American holiday memorializes the day in 1865 when the last enslaved people in the United States were informed of their freedom, marking a pivotal moment in history.

Juneteenth, officially declared a United States federal holiday in 2021, holds deep significance and serves as a powerful reminder of the ongoing struggle for inclusion and equity. This day underscores that achieving true equality requires continuous effort and a steadfast commitment to ensuring that everyone has an equal opportunity and that their voices are heard within the workplace and beyond.

What Is Juneteenth?

Juneteenth, a blend of “June” and “nineteenth,” marks the day in 1865 when Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, and informed the last remaining enslaved people of their freedom, more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed. This day symbolizes the end of slavery in the United States and stands as a powerful testament to resilience and the quest for freedom.

Recognized as a federal holiday in 2021, Juneteenth not only commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans but also celebrates their culture, achievements, and contributions. It serves as a profound reminder of the ongoing pursuit of equality and the importance of acknowledging and learning from our history to build a more inclusive and just future.

Vantage Data Centers’ Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Vantage believes in fostering a workplace that mirrors the rich diversity of the communities we serve. Recognizing the importance of Juneteenth, Vantage designated it as a paid holiday for all North American employees in 2023. This decision is part of our broader commitment to creating an inclusive environment where everyone feels valued and respected.

The Black Employee Network hosts a luncheon in Denver in recognition of Juneteenth.

In addition, Vantage’s diversity and inclusion initiatives are embodied in our Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) Council and community. A cornerstone of these efforts is the Black Employee Network (BEN), an internal affinity group that plays a crucial role in promoting diversity and inclusion within Vantage.

The BEN provides a platform for black employees to share their perspectives, address challenges and lead initiatives that enhance inclusivity and representation across the industry. Through networking, outreach and advocacy, BEN aims to be instrumental in nurturing a culture that recognizes and celebrates diversity.

Juneteenth: More Than a Celebration

We understand that Juneteenth is not just a day of celebration; it is an opportunity to reflect on the profound impact of this historical event and to honor the ongoing journey toward equality. In June, our Black Employee Network  is hosting a series of engaging events leading up to Juneteenth.

These activities include screenings of educational videos aimed at deepening our understanding of Juneteenth, its historical significance, cultural impact and continuing relevance in today’s society. Additionally, Vantage is catering lunches at our facilities to highlight and support local black-owned businesses.

Vantage is committed to making each future Juneteenth more equitable and meaningful than the last. While these events are designed to commemorate Juneteenth and highlight its significance, they are just small steps in addressing the broader challenges of diversity and equity the world faces.

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This Juneteenth, Vantage Data Centers Focuses on Education, Community and Equity

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