Who We Are
Creating an Environment that Empowers Everyone Through Cultural Diversity and Inclusion. Cultural Diversity Council Members Include: Seated from left to right: Roosevelt Williams, Andrew Moss, Rev. Dr. Sokoto Fulani, Angela Stewart, Committee Chair, Steve Albanese, Bruce Jones, Melony Ross, and Darryl Green. Not pictured: Charles Williams, Dianna Henderson, Grant Schroeder, Jennifer Johnson, Mike Gersz, Rose Knorwood, and Sofia Mohamed
Maryhaven's Cultural Diversity Council was established in 1992 to promote the understanding of the cultures of both our staff and patients by promoting cultural competency. This knowledge encompasses understanding of differences and respecting the individuality of our co-worker and patients. Our initial efforts were focused on opportunities for learning through a variety of culturally based trainings. We strive to become more culturally inclusive in our diversity efforts through education to promote understanding between employees and patients, and in our involvement in community cultural festivals and committees.
Chaired by Angela Stewart, MSA, Director of Human Resources and Diversity Development, the committee meets monthly. Our continuous goal is to involve all employees to create an environment that naturally empowers all. Members of the Diversity Council are resource persons for other organizations seeking assistance in the development of their program, and we have been recognized by the University of Texas as one of the top 70 organizations in the country providing culturally competent services to their patients. Out of those 70, Maryhaven is one of six organizations whose program was included in a guidebook published by the University on how to develop a culturally competent organization.