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Every June, Pride Month designates a national celebration of LGBTQIA+ identity and community. In 2024, ECS embraced the inclusive spirit of Pride Month, engaging in meaningful activities and conversations facilitated by the ECS P.R.I.D.E. employee resource group (ERG). We are #ECSProud of the strength and resilience found in our diverse community of ECSers!

Read on to hear from some of our ECSers on what pride means to them, as well as highlights from this month’s events and another look at how the P.R.I.D.E. ERG helps build LGBTQIA+ community at ECS.

What Does Pride Mean To You?

Kenneth StephensConfiguration and Change Manager

To me, pride means being yourself, love, and freedom.

Walter WesleyContract Specialist II

Pride means to be proud of who you are and not be ashamed to be who you are.

Vathanak ThachDeployment Support Engineer

Pride means a deep sense of self respect, dignity, and acceptance of oneself for who they are, including their accomplishments, identities, and individuality.

Alexandra BittingerProposal Analyst

Pride means not being afraid to be your true, authentic self.

Matthew AguileraIT Project Manager

Pride means inclusion for a community that deserves the same respect and opportunities.

Desiree JohnsonSenior Program Manager, Budget and Financial Systems

Pride means being free, proud, and unashamed to be ourselves.

Courtney BlanchardSenior Logistics Analyst

Pride means celebrating who you are and your identity.

Jordan MrvosQuality Assurance Analyst

Pride is a display of the courage to be openly, authentically ourselves. I am happy to see ECS embrace pride activities and stand with its employees.

P.R.I.D.E. ERG Event Highlights

The P.R.I.D.E. ERG facilitated employee attendance for multiple events during Pride Month 2024, including:

  • The annual Capital Pride Parade in Washington, D.C.
  • The Capital Pride “Totally Radical” Festival in Washington, D.C., a free-to-the-public event featuring a full day of entertainment on three stages, food, drink, and advocacy, with more than 300 exhibitors.

P.R.I.D.E. ERG Event Highlights

The P.R.I.D.E. ERG serves its members by creating an affirming environment throughout ECS for all LGBTQIA+ members and allies. The P.R.I.D.E. ERG works to create and maintain safe, inclusive, and equitable spaces for systematically marginalized members to be heard, celebrated, treated equally, and treated with dignity. Finally, the P.R.I.D.E. ERG strives to foster unity and dignity amongst LGBTQIA+ members, their families, friends, and allies by creating awareness regarding LGBTQIA+ issues and providing access to mentors and subject matter experts on policy and dismantling oppression.

Grit. Drive. Community. Excellence.

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