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CLIA’s Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

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n keeping with our stance of condemning racism in all forms, CLIA – as a global organization and the cruise industry’s leading travel trade association – has spent the past year committed to engaging in concrete actions that will make a difference to end systemic racism. CLIA stands in solidarity with the Black community against social injustice and intolerance. Through education and service, we are doing our part to create sustainable change. We believe that through education and training, we can achieve that change. As such, CLIA has held a diversity and inclusion training session for the association’s leadership team and two sessions with staff. Led by Rhonda C. Hight, founder of Let’s Talk LLC, an Atlanta-based human resources consulting firm, the sessions were interactive to allow participants to discuss unconscious biases, microaggression and the difference between equity and equality. Hight provided participants with strategies to foster diversity, equity and inclusion. CLIA also offers monthly lunch & learn session that allow participants to discuss

ways to recognize institutional racism and correct it. In addition, we have encouraged our employees to volunteer their time and skills to assist in their respective communities to support the fight against racial injustice experienced by black people and people of color every day. CLIA is formulating a statement of shared values regarding diversity, equity and inclusion that will be used to guide our daily discussions and actions. We are not alone in this battle to combat the great injustice impacting Black communities and individuals worldwide. We are encouraged to witness all of the companies joining forces in solidary with this fight. Working together, we will make a difference and create a better, more inclusive and more tolerant world. FIRST QUARTER 2021 | TRAVEL & CRUISE 33

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