Advancing Disability Inclusion Through Sport

About

Diversity and inclusion are key imperatives for Citi, and our support of the Para athletes gives us a powerful platform to change perceptions of people with disabilities.

Highlights

Ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Games, Citi arrived at a powerful insight in conversations with Team Citi Para athletes: you shouldn't stare at a person with a disability. But what if that person was a three-time gold medalist? Or a world-record holder? Would it be okay to stare then? Team Citi Para athletes formed the basis for the “#StareAtGreatness” initiative, a campaign that highlights the talents and accomplishments of the disability community to help change perceptions of people with disabilities.

Watch: Team Citi #StareAtGreatness

Team Citi

These world-class athletes represent Citi's values, and were selected for their impressive accomplishments both in their sports and in their lives.

Winter Athletes

  • Ben Tudhope
    Australia
    Para Snowboard
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  • Melissa Perrine
    Australia
    Para Alpine Skiing
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  • Cindy Ouellet
    Canada
    Para Nordic Skiing
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  • Tyler McGregor
    Canada
    Para Ice Hockey
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  • Menna Fitzpatrick
    Great Britain
    Para Alpine Skiing
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  • Alexander Gerlitz
    Kazakhstan
    Para Cross country skiing
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  • Arly Aristides Velasquez Penaloza
    Mexico
    Para Alpine Skiing
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  • Igor Sikorski
    Poland
    Para Alpine Skiing
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  • Bigna Schmidt
    Switzerland
    Para Nordic Skiing
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  • Brittani Coury
    United States
    Para Snowboard
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  • Christy Gardner
    United States
    Para Ice Hockey
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  • Rico Roman
    United States
    Para Ice Hockey
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  • Jen Lee
    USA
    Para Ice Hockey
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  • Alexey Bugaev
    Russia
    Para Alpine Skiing
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  • Pavel Bambousek
    Czech Republic
    Para Alpine Skiing
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Summer Athletes

  • Nurlan Dombayev
    Kazakhstan
    Para Taekwondo
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  • Alison Yu
    Hong Kong
    Wheelchair Fencing
  • Ellen Keane
    Ireland
    Para Swimming
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  • Gustavo Sanchez
    Mexico
    Para Swimming
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  • Lenia Ruvalcaba
    Mexico
    Para Swimming
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  • Natalia Partyka
    Poland
    Para Table Tennis
  • Ntando Mahlangu
    South Africa
    Para Athletics
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  • Alice Tai
    Great Britain
    Para Swimming
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  • Trevon Jenifer
    United States
    Wheelchair Basketball
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Disability Inclusion

Creating an inclusive environment for all is of the utmost importance to Citi. Disability inclusion enables Citi to deliver with excellence for our colleagues, our clients and our community.

  • To advance disability inclusion, Citi takes an inclusive approach for all employees. Data is an important step in this process. It enables Citi to measure how we can better support the projects, programs and initiatives that allow us to adapt and improve our work to support the successful careers for all Citi employees.
  • Colleagues are encouraged to self-identify their demographic information, including disability status, through our Self-Identification program. This information provides the clearest, most complete picture of the diversity of our team, and allows us to adequately support the inclusion of all Citi employees.
  • Participation in our Disability: Enabling Diverse Abilities employee networks helps make Citi an environment where everyone feels empowered to bring their authentic selves to work each day. Additionally, our colleagues are provided with the tools and resources to meet their full potential at Citi.
  • We also partner with strong external organizations such as Valuable 500 and Disability:IN to help advance our disability inclusion practices. Through our sponsorship of Para athletes, we are able to advance conversations on disability inclusion and how individuals can become active allies.
  • And, beyond these efforts, we encourage feedback from our colleagues through employee engagement surveys and listening tours. By keeping the lines of communication open, we are empowering colleagues to speak up to ensure we provide what they need.

Murals

Citi worked with artists with disabilities in Hong Kong, London, Mexico City and New York City to paint murals of Team Citi athletes and their sports. The murals celebrate the athletes' achievements, encourage the public to #StareAtGreatness, and help to change the perception of people with disabilities.

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