As Ramadan comes to an end, I can’t help but reflect on the month with so much gratitude. In starting Salam—a Muslim Employee Resource Group at Uber—my co-chairs and I aimed to make the Uber ecosystem a welcoming place for the many shades and layers of Muslims. As a global company that engages and relies heavily on this community, we realized there was a unique opportunity for our community to be understood. It was alongside people like Danielle Lindsay, a talented designer, and Rian O’Neill, an endearing creative director, and with the support of Bernard Coleman, that we were able to launch various initiatives that make Salam’s vision a reality.
As 1.6 billion Muslims observed the holy month of Ramadan (May 15 – June 14), Uber offices around the world engaged driver-partners with hosted dinners and packages to break their fast, while at HQ in San Francisco, a large display helps educate employees about their colleagues and community with other activations in the works. I’ve gone from being a token Muslim in the workplace to hearing non-Muslim managers push for greater engagement and education.
Uber hasn’t always gotten things right culturally, but when we do, it makes communities like mine feel celebrated. In many ways, that is reflective of the world we live in and the importance of each of us to educate one another and have a space to do so.
To be able to come to work and not just be who you are, but also educate others on who you serve, is something we should celebrate. Ramadan kareem (blessed Ramadan) to all those who celebrate, and a big embrace to our allies!