Creating an inclusive work environment where employees can thrive and be their authentic selves is part of SAS’ Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) strategy.
Our Employee Inclusion Groups (EIGs) are key to fostering a sense of belonging and acceptance. But what exactly do these groups do? Today, meet the Black Initiatives Group (BIG) who empower Black employees by highlighting their talents and contributions and inspiring young Black professionals to pursue careers in STEM. From how it started, to creating community, advocating for young Black talent, birthing what’s now SAS’ favorite Friday call, to its ongoing monumental impact, let’s meet the faces behind the group that is changing the soul of SAS.
“If there wasn’t a BIG, there wouldn’t be an Aaren,” says Aaren Avery, who started out as an intern seeking community with hopes to make SAS more inclusive of HBCU students and is now a Sr. Associate Software Developer and leader in BIG.
Enjoy part one of this three-part series that explores “how it all began” from longstanding SAS employees, to those just starting out, BIG has been instrumental in connecting a community of people who support each other and who are making real change.
We hope you were inspired by BIG’s origin story. But that’s not all! Catch part two of the series next month as the group dives into SAS employees' favorite Friday call: BIG Fridays. Find out why hundreds of listeners tune in each week to listen, learn and grow.
If you're a SAS employee, join the BIG community on Yammer while you wait for part two and get plugged in to receive live updates and better understand BIG’s true overall mission.
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