Diversity

This is YOUR community!  We want paradiGM to be a space where you can be yourself and feel accepted for who you are. The purpose of our Diversity initiative is to cultivate an authentic sense of belonging by working to achieve a more diverse and welcoming community. We will champion diversity in everything that we do.  From our members, the organizations that we partner with, speakers and topics – we aim to be a community that is truly global and inclusive. 

What is Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and inclusion are two interconnected concepts—but they are not interchangeable.

Diversity is about representation or the make-up of a community, business or group that can be used to differentiate people from one another.  Its importance relates to empowering people by respecting and appreciating what makes them different.

This can be in terms of age, gender, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation, education and national origin, but it is not limited to these factors.  While some differences might be considered to be more self-evident (such as national origin, age, race and ethnicity, religion/belief, gender, marital status and socioeconomic status) it is important to also consider what is less obvious (such as neurodiversity, educational background, sector experience, and even personality) about how people can be different.

Inclusion is about how the perspectives of different groups of people are valued and integrated into an environment.  It is an organisational effort in which different groups or individuals of different backgrounds are culturally and socially accepted and welcomed.  

Inclusive cultures make people feel respected and valued for who they are as an individual or group. People feel a level of supportive energy and commitment from others so that they can do their best to contribute to what they care about.

When people feel valued, they function at full capacity and feel part of the organisation’s mission.  This is why Diversity is an essential pillar of the paradiGM Community.

Why Do They Matter?

Diversity and Inclusion matter because it gives us a sense of belonging.  They pave the way for more creativity and innovation.  This is what we want to achieve for everyone who is a member of the paradiGM Community

The more people we have with unique experiences, beliefs, and perspectives the more opportunity there will be for us to generate new ideas together.

Secondly, a diverse and inclusive community means a respectful and tolerant space where members feel welcomed and accepted. This results in members who will align our mission with their personal goals.

Diversity Team

Janaína 

Janaína Chezanoski – Advocate

Janaína is Brazilian, the only child of an interracial marriage and spent most of her childhood in a Polish colony in Southern Brazil.

From an early age she has cultivated a passion for different cultures and, at age 18, she had her first international experience doing a university exchange program in the USA, where she confirmed her wanderlust profile. With a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations, an MBA in Strategic and Economic Business Management and international certifications in Global Mobility, today Jana holds the position of Director of Operations at the North American consultancy GLOMO.

She is a human rights defender, advocates for inclusion in environments and is passionate for people, always seeking to maximize connections, opportunities and talents. A free spirit and lover of life…, travels, plays, good drinks and discovering new restaurants will always be a YES for her!

paradiGM is one of the possibilities to connect her mission and personal values within the Global Mobility sector, which fascinates her so much.

From an early age she has cultivated a passion for different cultures and, at age 18, she had her first international experience doing a university exchange program in the USA, where she confirmed her wanderlust profile. With a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations, an MBA in Strategic and Economic Business Management and international certifications in Global Mobility, today Jana holds the position of Director of Consulting at the North American consultancy GLOMO.

Charina 

Charina Garcia – Vice Advocate is a dual Philippines/US citizen and resides in the San Francisco Bay Area and Honolulu, Hawaii. Her parents immigrated to the US from the Philippines and her family’s immigrant story was featured on WR Immigration’s website during Women’s History Month.

She has assisted thousands of immigrants including professionals, asylees, students, families and the undocumented in the US for over 25 years. She is the managing partner of the San Francisco Bay Area offices of WR Immigration and is passionate about the intersection of law and technology. She has presented on the topic of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility at Fortune 500 companies and at the American Bar Association Techshow on the topic of “Preparing for the Global Workforce: Leveraging Technology to Advance DEIA Goals”. She was the Co-Chair of the Leadership Development Sub-committee of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Diversity Committee where she spearheaded the law student and annual conference scholarship programs. 

She authored an article “Can Pinay Women Really Have It All” which was included in the Pinay Powerhouse anthology, “Rooted in Practice: Pinays in Law”. She hosts a monthly podcast: Beyond Immigration Law that features stories that dives deep into the heart of the immigrant experience, exploring the challenges and triumphs that go beyond the legal battles. Each episode brings to light the real stories that shapes immigrant communities, from cultural assimilation to the pursuit of the American Dream.

 

Samar 

Samar Shams is Managing Partner at Changes Immigration.

Samar assists companies in setting up in the UK and with sponsoring skilled workers. She has a strong track record of helping companies ensure compliance with sponsorship and right to work requirements. She assists with personal immigration matters including UK partner visa applications, settlement and citizenship. Samar’s global mobility work consists of managing immigration requirements for international companies in respect of specific projects, e.g. restructuring.

Samar is a thought leader who engages with policy makers and stakeholders on immigration issues. She regularly speaks and writes on immigration topics.

Noriko 

Noriko Kurotsu grew up in the United States as the child of Japanese parents, was an exchange student in Germany, and currently lives in Denmark.  She enjoys meeting people from around the world and learning about different cultures. Noriko has built relationships with people from different walks of life from a young age and is very interested in helping people break barriers and work together to build trust and cooperation.  Noriko has extensive experience in the global immigration field, and currently works as Director, Global Immigration, at McCown & Evans LLP.  She is a U.S. licensed lawyer and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Asian Languages & Cultures and Art History (double major).