Atlas Champions Culture of Acceptance and Inclusivity through PRISM

Exactly one year ago, a group of passionate employees came together with a shared vision of creating a supportive space for our LGBTQ+ colleagues. This vision led to the formation of PRISM, Atlas’ first LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group (ERG).

The mission of PRISM is to promote a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion through continual learning. PRISM is focused on ensuring LGBTQ+ employees feel seen, heard and valued within the Company through offering support, outreach and education.

Rudy Gruenke, PRISM Co-Founder

“The launch (of PRISM) received amazing support from many different departments. It was really inspiring to see everyone come together and provide a much-needed resource here at Atlas for the LGBTQ+ community,” said Rudy Gruenke, CVG Facilities Manager and PRISM Co-Founder as he reflected on the ERG’s early days.

Over the past year, the group has hosted a number of virtual events, including two powerful Lunch and Learns.

In March, the group hosted with Mason Dunn (He/They), Director of Education & Research at the Massachusetts LGBT Chamber of Commerce. Mason shared an overview of current political and legal issues affecting LGBTQ+ people as we head into an election year.

Lunch and Learn with the Stonewall Speakers

A few months later, PRISM heard from Lynn Discenza (She/Her/Hers), Shannon Hansen (She/Her/Hers) and Kristian Moreau (They/He) from the Stonewall Speakers, an all-volunteer speakers bureau comprised of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender people and their allies. The choice of Stonewall in the organization’s name is a tribute to the historical Stonewall Rebellion of June 1969, recognized as the start of the Gay Rights Movement in the United States.

Cincinnati members of PRISM attended the Cincinnati Pride Festival and Parade On June 22. This festival has a long history – more than 50 years! – of supporting the city’s LGBTQIA+ residents.

“Plans are in the works for more events and opportunities to connect later in the year,” Rudy added.

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