DTE Energy employees, representing different cultures and backgrounds, came together over food, fun and culture at the Arab American Museum in east Dearborn. The visit was an initiative of DTE’s Asian & Middle Eastern-American (AMEA) energy group.
The group of 60 employees joined together for a traditional Arabic lunch and then participated in an educational tour covering 22 Arab nations, lifestyles, migration history, personal stories and more. The Museum’s exhibits provided historical context for a conversation on identity and diversity and invited participants to discuss the topics in a safe space. Museum representatives even led the group in a traditional Middle Eastern line dance, which involved kicking your foot in a rhythmic fashion and motion while moving in a circle to a beat.
“It was a great opportunity for our coworkers to learn more about individual contributions the Arab American community has made to America and to our local community,” Ahmad Tarsin, AMEA chair and IT manager, said. “When we take the time to reflect on diversity and inclusion and learn from and about people of different cultures and backgrounds, we grow and increase our understanding, awareness and acceptance of others.”
The Arab American National Museum opened in 2005 and is the only museum in the world devoted to Arab American history and culture. April is Arab American Heritage Month across the country. All year-long the museum works to promote Arab American history and is a Smithsonian Affiliate Museum.
AMEA is committed to advocating a diverse and inclusive environment to enhance understanding of Asian and Middle Eastern American employees at DTE Energy. For more information visit dteenergy.com.