At Beckman Coulter, our goal is to continuously strive towards a more inclusive workplace and honor the diversity of our team. Join us as we celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month by highlighting Asian Pacific Islander (API) voices, celebrating their impact in the workplace, and sharing their stories.
In Their Own Words
Kavyya Dama, Staff Manufacturing Scientist – Sustaining Engineering – Chaska, Minnesota, U.S.
I feel fortunate, that during my 17 years at Beckman Coulter, I have felt accepted and supported by my managers and colleagues to be myself. As a D+I core team member at Chaska, and site champion for the Danaher Asian Descent + Friends ARG, I feel honored to be able to extend that same support and camaraderie to a broader group.
I’m so glad that the Danaher Asian Descent + Friends ARG is offering a full selection of activities for Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. It’s an opportunity to learn and celebrate the rich tapestry of various influences that are part of the fabric of the U.S. In Chaska, we are hosting a VTO event with the Hmong American Farmers Association.
For me, diversity is like a floral arrangement or a painting. Each flower has unique beauty in shape, texture, color, and size. Each element contributes a dimension that combines to create a beautiful image. Diversity allows for complex unions of groups and teams that are richer together.
Kevin Wu, Senior Sustaining Engineer – Sacramento, California, U.S.
As a newer member to the Beckman Coulter team, I’ve always felt that I can be proud of my heritage. As someone who was born in the U.S. with parents who immigrated from Asia, it can sometimes be difficult to find opportunities to connect to my cultural roots. This month reminds me of the foods, celebrations, and traditions that I grew up with as a child, and it allows me to connect with others having a similar experience.
Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month means taking the time to deliberately celebrate and discuss Asian culture. There is no better way to show support and become immersed into the culture than to take part firsthand; try the food, learn about the history, and listen to the stories.
Having a diverse workforce and encouraging celebration of different cultures creates a workplace in which employees don’t have to see their cultural differences as a barrier, but as something to encourage stronger connections.
Teresa Lee, Senior Manager, Client Services – Brea, California, U.S.
I appreciate the diversity we have at Beckman Coulter. It acknowledges the individual strengths of each employee and the potential they bring. In my 17 years at Beckman Coulter, I’ve seen diversity enhance workplace productivity, company culture, and employee retention.
As a member of the Asian Descent + Friends ARG committee, it is an honor to share my culture and traditions with my colleagues. I appreciate that, at Beckman Coulter, we encourage, embrace, and celebrate cultural differences.
My family migrated from China to Taiwan, where I was born and raised. I am bi-cultural and tri-lingual, and this means continuing the traditions that came thousands of years before me and passing them on to my children.
This month is designated to honor traditions and respect the contributions and rituals of the AAPI community. One way to make a positive impact is to engage in meaningful conversations, ask thoughtful questions, and offer support and care for your Asian American colleagues and friends