February marks Black History Month, a time to celebrate the achievements and contributions of African Americans, who have helped to shape our nation. In honor of the month, Steven Johnson, a senior diversity recruiter at Akron Children’s, shares his thoughts on his career and what Black History Month means to him.
What’s your job title, and how long have you worked at Akron Children’s?
I’m a senior diversity recruiter in the Talent Acquisition department. I’ve been employed at Akron Children’s since Aug. 2021.
What do you enjoy most about your work at Akron Children’s?
In my role, I appreciate how it all comes full circle. I enjoy being a vital part of the hiring process for the organization. I’m able to assist in hiring the health care professionals and providers who go on to care for our patients and families. As a senior diversity recruiter, I often support our diversity initiatives. This allows me to further educate and engage with our current staff on topics surrounding diversity in the workplace, and I also partner with community organizations to bring job opportunities to the public.
What does Black History Month mean to you?
Black History Month is a time of the year to highlight and reflect on the many contributions African Americans have made to society, even the ones that don’t get talked about as much. It’s important to remember that our rich history and contributions not only took place here in America, but in many other parts of the world, as well. This is also an opportunity for the youth to take a deeper dive into history and see a positive and impactful representation of themselves. It builds courage and confidence.
How do you recognize and celebrate the month?
I help to further educate my kid, in addition to what they are learning in school or from peers during Black History Month. Each year, there is always more that I learn and research that I may not have known in previous years.
Is there an African American in history who has made a big impact in your life or inspired you?
Muhammed Ali first comes to mind, an American heavyweight boxer and activist. I admire his confidence, humor, smarts, talent and ability to captivate an audience. In his lifetime, it was far more daring than it is now to be as vocal and outspoken.