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July 8, 2022

Fox Run Senior Living Explores the Importance of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Category: D&I Series

Author: Rhonda Nelson, Business Office Director

As a company, Arrow Senior Living has made learning about and celebrating our unique differences a part of our company culture. So much so that, in recent years, it has become an extension of our core values. And for the past year, Arrow has expanded beyond yearly diversity, equity, and inclusion workshops to create Arrow’s D&I Speaker Series, which pairs special guest speakers with residents from our communities to have conversations on a wide range of topics such as mental health, PRIDE, Juneteenth, and so much more. We believe that sparking conversations on what some may believe to be sensitive topics helps to shed light on misconceptions and ultimately brings about understanding as it relates to the experiences of others. This ensures our employees and residents have the tools to build a safe place to live and work, one where a diverse group can come together and feel equally seen, heard, and included. 

At Fox Run Senior Living, DEI goes beyond training and mentoring. It is a way of life. One of my favorite conversations thus far was A DEI Conversation with Ayana King.

Respecting differences means removing your personal judgment and instead being open to learning something new. Some things are outward, like the color of someone’s skin, the way they speak, or how they dress. Diversity is also about things not seen or heard.

This is important to me because every person is different and special in their own way. We should never judge or get upset because someone doesn’t have the same beliefs, skin color, or accent as us. That is what makes everyone unique. Imagine a world where we all thought the same, looked the same, and dressed the same, that would be one boring world. The greatest part about us all being different is all the things we can learn from each other.

I have two core values that I embrace the most – I consistently and firmly advocate for fairness, and I defend the dignity of others. In life there are people that can’t stand up for themselves for whatever reason. Maybe they think they aren’t good enough or maybe they have low self-esteem. Whatever the reason, help that person find their voice.

These conversations have only just begun, and I look forward to the conversations to come and all the new growth and opportunity that lies ahead as we work toward creating the greatest and safest place to work that we can!

Fox Run Senior Living in Fairborn, Ohio offers assisted living and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Newly renovated in 2021. Amenities at Fox Run include dining at Grissom’s Restaurant, 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Peacefully located just east of Hwy 675 with convenient access to local shopping and attractions.

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