The HSE Diversity Committee is a standing committee of the firm. The mission of the Committee is to help the firm achieve and maintain a level of diversity that reflects the demographics of the communities we serve, while at the same time fostering an inclusive environment of appreciation and respect. In furtherance of its mission, the Committee plans and implements firm-wide education, training and social activities, recommends and conducts compulsory diversity training programs, and acts as a resource for the firm. In addition, the Diversity Committee disseminates a community calendar of multicultural events and assists with recruiting and retention initiatives. Listed below are some of the most recent activities of the Diversity Committee.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Essay Contest. In 2015, the firm sponsored the 5th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Student Essay Contest in the Rochester City School District. Students in the third, fourth and fifth grades were asked to submit essays discussing how the following quote by Dr. King related to their life: “Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.” Attorneys and staff at the firm selected the finalists and voted on the winning essays and one winner was selected in each grade level. The winning student for each grade level received a personal prize and a $50 gift card, the teacher of each winning student was given a $200 gift card to use for his or her classroom, and the classroom received a $75 gift certificate for a pizza party.
Family Movie Night. The firm held its second annual movie night with a screening of an animated children’s movie designed to teach why it’s important to get to know those that appear different. This event was attended by 75 firm employees and their children.
Stand Against Racism. HSE has participated in the YMCA’s “Stand Against Racism” for the past several years. The goal of the Stand is to eliminate racism by raising awareness and encouraging conversation about the causes of racism. On April 24, 2015, HSE held a screening of Rescue In The Philippines: Refuge From The Holocaust, a documentary that details a plan by Manuel Quezon, the first elected President of the Philippines; then-Col Dwight Eisenhower, an aide to Gen Douglas MacArthur; Paul McNutt, the U.S. High Commissioner for the Philippines; and the Frieder Brothers of Cincinnati, who owned cigar factories in the Philippines, to use the Philippines quasi-independent status to deliver over 1,300 Jews from Nazi Germany.
Spread the Word to End the Word. The firm joined Daystar for Medically Fragile Infants, the Golisano Foundation, and Special Olympics International to “Spread the Word to End the Word”—a program to raise the consciousness of society about the dehumanizing and hurtful effects of the word “retard(ed).”
Buffalo Office. Employees served food to underprivileged members of the Buffalo community at Buffalo’s Central Café.
Daniel R. Kinel
Kimberly I. Shimomura
Daniel Kinel (ex officio)
Michael McEvoy (ex officio)
Mary Ellen Schantz