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Black History Month

How Black excellence is celebrated and thrives at Oracle.

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A celebration of community and culture

As Black History Month unfolds, Oracle shines a spotlight on Black workers, volunteers, educators, community leaders, and thinkers. Our shared stories help us honor the legacies of the past, the value of building community in the present, and the work we're doing together to shape the future.

Read on to find stories about the Black experience at Oracle.

Black History Month: An opportunity to look forward

Traci Wade, Oracle’s vice president and global head of Diversity and Inclusion, sees Black History Month as an opportunity to honor the historic contributions of the past as well as drive progress for the Black community's future success. Here, Traci highlights the diversity and inclusion efforts at Oracle that are furthering this progress and building on the many contributions of African Americans to the nation’s economic, cultural, and technological progress. Read her statement to learn more.

Slave Voyages researchers answer key questions – but many more remain unanswered

A chance to reckon with history is a chance to better understand fellow humankind. Through the Slave Voyages project, researchers are on a mission to better the public’s understanding of a complex and deeply emotional subject. The project is home to the world’s largest repository of data about the Atlantic slave trade, with databases recently moved to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. Read more to find out how these records, numbers and research are uncovering the true history.

Mission Inclusion: How personal success contributes to a common goal

Oracle business development manager Sean Banks has worked in sales most of his career. The time he has spent in the field has taught him the importance of good mentorship, advocating for oneself and understanding that each person has a role to play in ensuring a team’s success. During his time at Oracle, Banks has seen how diversity and inclusion has allowed these ideals to thrive. Read his blog post to learn more about his experience and best advice for those interested in the same field.

Diversity and inclusion: At the heart of my love for the Oracle community

Oracle senior project manager Edwin Montouté draws his inspiration to help others from the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” During Montouté’s tenure at Oracle, the growth of diversity and inclusion (D&I) programming gave him more opportunities to dive into his passion for community engagement. Read more to learn about his early involvement in the Alliance of Black Leaders for Excellence (ABLE) and D&I at Oracle.

Developing inclusion: 4 ways a diverse workforce influences our products and brand

There’s many ways a company can demonstrate an inclusive culture, from recruiting and hiring practices to UX designs that represent more than one skin tone. Oracle’s diverse workforce actively encourages conversations about how the technology industry can better represent the people who are shaping it. Read more to find out what Oracle is doing to ensure that its brand, teams, and products reflect the diversity that exists in the world.

Oracle’s expanded HBCU partnership is an incubator for diverse tech talent

Historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) produced approximately 25% of African American graduates with STEM degrees in 2021. Oracle is ensuring a place for that talent to thrive, working with seven HBCUs to provide their students with mentorship, skills and professional development, class curriculum, and networking opportunities to further their careers in the technology industry. Read how Oracle and HBCUs work together to cultivate this pipeline of talent.

Martin Luther King Jr. Service Week at Oracle empowers youth, women, and the LGBTQ+ community

In late January, Oracle Volunteers put their creative skills to use during MLK Service Week through activities such as card making, audiobook recording, and letter writing. The volunteers worked with three different nonprofits dedicated to serving communities of color. Read this blog post to learn more about how volunteers got involved to honor the legacy of Dr. King.

Oracle makes a multiyear commitment to the National Museum of African American History and Culture

The National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) showcases the most extensive collection of national historical artifacts of the African American experience and their impact on global history. To continue the museum’s mission of preserving African American history and culture, Oracle has made a five-year giving commitment as a member of the NMAAHC’s Milestone Donor group. Oracle’s contributions will total $1 million over the course of five years. Read this blog post to find out more about the significance of this gift.

Mission Inclusion: How Oracle’s diversity and inclusion efforts matched my career values

When Rachel Walters first interviewed for her role as a marketing specialist at Oracle, she was struck by the company’s dedication to supporting student programs and diversity and inclusion (D&I). But something else left an even bigger impression. Walters, who is African American, realized it was the first time she had ever been interviewed by a Black woman. Oracle soon became a place where Walters could put her passion for D&I to work. Read this blog post to learn more about her journey at Oracle.

How to be a better ally: A conversation with Colleen Cassity and Traci Wade

Being an ally is a lifelong journey. In this conversation, Colleen Cassity, executive director of the Oracle Education Foundation and vice president of Corporate Citizenship and Traci Wade, vice president of Oracle Diversity and Inclusion (D&I), discuss the role D&I plays within corporate citizenship at Oracle and how we can all be better allies to our colleagues. Read this Q&A to find out more about D&I programs and partnerships at Oracle.

Face the change: Workforce diversity is built on corporate policy and grassroots effort

Oracle is expanding workplace diversity through wider recruiting, investment in skills development, and promoting employee resource groups (ERGs). This blog post focuses on the Alliance of Black Leaders for Excellence (ABLE) and their commitment to developing Black STEM talent. Read more to learn how ABLE and Oracle are achieving this goal together.

Tech equity: Oracle works with HBCUs to diversify the technology industry

In 2021, it was reported that Black employees represented as few as 3% of workers at leading technology companies. Oracle’s partnership with historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) aims to increase Black participation in the tech workforce by investing in students and then recruiting that talent into the company’s workforce. Oracle’s HBCU partnership will help ensure opportunities in the industry for Black talent. Read this blog post to find out more.