Jeff Watson, Director of Operations for Erickson Living and member of the Erickson Living Diversity and Inclusion Council, kicked off the day with a diversity presentation at the community. In the afternoon, a variety of international cuisine was served for lunch across campus, including a "Taste of Peru" inspired by one of Ashby Ponds' chefs. The menu featured Peruvian seafood chowder (Chupe de Camarones), two Peruvian entrees (Pollo a la Parrilla and Causa Rellena con Pulpa de Cangrejo), and a Peruvian dessert (Mazamorra Morada).
Diversity Day ended with a cultural variety show coordinated by Ashby Ponds residents and featuring performances from Bollywood dance to music from the Japanese Koto instrument. Residents and staff enjoyed seven acts during the program, which featured resident performers, as well as performers from across Washington, D.C. area organizations such as the Mudra Arts Center, the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Sterling, and Martin Luther King Jr. Christian Church of Reston.
The Erickson Living Diversity and Inclusion Council comprises over 40 employees. The council's mission is to foster a diverse and inclusive culture and champion initiatives to ensure that every person is treated with respect and dignity. Recently at Ashby Ponds, a Diversity and Inclusion Resident Resource Group has formed; residents of the group will work with staff to support diversity activities and efforts across campus.
About Ashby Ponds:Ashby Ponds, one of 18 retirement communities managed by Erickson Living, is situated on a scenic 132-acre campus in Ashburn, Virginia (approximately 30 miles west of Washington, D.C.). The community is home to over 1000 residents and has more than 120 resident-run and resident-driven clubs and groups, an indoor pool, a fitness club, transportation services, 24-hour security, and flexible dining options. More information about Ashby Ponds can be found at www.ericksonliving.com.