On the air and behind the scenes, WKYC will highlight the values of diversity, inclusion and equality on Friday, May 19, as part of TEGNA World Day for Cultural Diversity.

WKYC's parent company, TEGNA, has launched this day-long celebration to showcase the fact that being open to diverse ideas and providing a welcoming work environment has contributed to our success and helped us empower the people we serve.

TEGNA was recently named as a best place to work for LGBTQ employees by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.

In addition, two WKYC employees, General Manager Micki Byrnes and Director of Advocacy & Community Initiatives Margaret Bernstein, recently earned TEGNA’s top individual award for Diversity and Inclusion.

As part of World Day, TEGNA has issued a challenge to its employees and viewers to “do one thing” to foster diversity and inclusion.

Suggestions include:

- Visiting an art exhibit or museum dedicated to other cultures.

- Listening to music from other cultures.

- Invite a friend over and cook a traditional food from another country.

- Learn about another religion.

- Volunteer with an organization working for diversity and inclusion.

- Start learning another language.

- Invite people from a different culture to share your customs.

Need great ideas for ways to explore other cultures? Watch WKYC’s community affairs show, We The People, airing at noon on Friday.

The entire show will showcase upcoming events that will bring diverse groups together, including the Cleveland Asian Festival and Cleveland Foundation’s “Common Ground” initiative.

Also happening Friday at WKYC, our employees will participate in an ethnic potluck and bring in desserts that represents their family heritage. And we’ll release the results of a survey highlighting the diversity of our WKYC staff.

Follow along on social media Friday using the hashtag #TEGNAWorldDay.