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Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation – which had become official January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive Order. However, with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865, and the arrival of General Granger’s regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance. Find out more at the Juneteenth article in the Handbook of Texas from the Texas State Historical Association.

In observance of Juneteenth, our DE+I Increasing Employee Resources subcommittee pulled together this list of virtual (and in-person) events and resources to provide more opportunities for us all to educate and reflect on the history of Juneteenth.



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Jama Software

If you’ve noticed some changes to the look and feel of Jama Software’s website… we want you to know that they’re more than just updated colors and spiffy functionality; they’re a reflection of a broader commitment to our customers and supporting the future of product development.

Our customers are at the forefront of innovative product development. They’re developing life-saving medical devices and spacecraft that will change the way we think of space travel. And while we know that our contribution may be nominal, we are committed to delivering the best requirements management platform, customer service, and overall experience that we can provide to our customers.

Every day we ask ourselves what a smart product development platform looks like. Is it possible to manage exponentially greater complexity with a platform people will actually look forward to using? Can we build a platform so indispensable to business that decision-makers will turn to it? And to those questions, we say yes.

Meet the New Faces of Jama Software

Our website isn’t the only thing that’s new – we’ve welcomed some incredible talent to the Jama Software team recently, and we can’t wait for you to meet them!

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Jama Software is passionate about creating a workplace that values diversity in race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability status, and perspective. And while this has always been true, we’re doubling down on our commitment to this effort.

Our mission is to ensure that all employees and potential employees experience Jama Software as an inclusive, collaborative, and inspiring place to work. We provide professional growth opportunities by investing in our employees; identifying and eliminating barriers to full participation; and cultivating an environment where employees know they are supported and valued.

As a result, we attract, hire, promote, and retain talented and compassionate people from diverse backgrounds — giving our customers confidence they are partnering with a company built on and dedicated to a strong set of core values.

The Future of Jama Software

Spring is a great time for new beginnings and we have some big things in the works for this year and beyond. We are working to ensure our customers can put less thought into the manual and mental labor of their development process, and instead spend more time innovating. Stay tuned.

Discover why Jama Software is continually named a top workplace and explore our open positions.



Observance of Juneteenth


Observance of Juneteenth | Jama Software

Last week, our CEO Marc Osofsky announced that Jama Software will be adding Juneteenth to the official paid holiday calendar. We acknowledge that as a company, we have more to learn, more to give, more to change, and more to do to promote racial equality.

Over the next several months, we are planning, implementing, and executing short-term initiatives and building out a long-term plan as part of our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Program to hold ourselves accountable for action.

Please join us in observing Juneteenth and promoting racial equality. We’ve compiled a list of virtual events and resources to educate and reflect on the history of Juneteenth.

  • Race and Place: Racism and Resilience in Oregon’s Past and Future
    June 19 | 12:00 PM-1:00 PM PT
  • WITH INSIGHT: An Open Conversation on Race and Social Justice with Wes Moore, CEO of Robin Hood
    June 19 | 10:00 AM ET
  • Racism, Inequality, and the US Healthcare System
    June 19 | 10:30 AM – 11:45 AM PT
  • Re-envisioning and Re-building the Immigration Justice Movement
    June 19 | 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM ET
  • JuneTeenth – Leveling the Playing Field
  • Juneteenth Conference
    June 19 – 20 | All day

Virtual Juneteenth Celebrations:
  • Not Just A Month (NJAM) Presents: A Virtual Juneteenth Celebration
    June 19 | 12:00 PM PT
  • Black-In Festival
    June 19 – 21 | All day
  • The 90’s vs. Everybody Virtual House Party
    Soundtrack by DJ JAZZY JEFF
    Thursday | June 18 | 9 PM ET
  • Food for the Body, Food for the Soul
    June 18 – 20

  • A Powerful Letter from My Great-Great-Grandfather, Who Escaped Slavery in 1855
    Author: TED Guest Author
  • A Historic Conversation for Healing and Unity
    Hosted by: Tony Robbins
  • Talks to Help You Understand Racism in America
    Ted Playlist
  • The Economic Impact of Closing the Racial Wealth Gap
  • Support Black Owned Oregon Businesses