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August 14, 2023

Rock Creek Senior Living Elaborates on Their Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Category: D&I Series

Author: Tia-Michelle Davis, 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 now, going on our second 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 Rock Creek Senior Living, DEI goes beyond training and mentoring. It is a way of life. One of my favorite conversations thus far this past year was A Cancer Survivorship Conversation with Jennifer Johnmeyer.

This DEI was relatable to my life as I have had family members and close friends that were diagnosed with cancer. Some are survivors and some unfortunately lost the battle, but not without a fight. I think it is so important to hear from cancer survivors to learn about their experience for empathy as well as what their life was like then, now, and going forward.

DEI is very important for education as well as for empathy for others. It is important for all ages to educate themselves on all topics, especially the ones that are the most sensitive. Education on sensitive topics opens the door to important conversations and allows acceptance to diversity.

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!

Rock Creek Senior Living in Ankeny, IA offers senior villas, independent senior apartments, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include restaurant dining, 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Centrally located near Mercy One Medical Center with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Briarwood Golf, The District Shopping Center, Saylorville Lake Marina, Big Creek State Park, and Ankeny Community Theater.

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