Let’s start with a definition and go into a deeper dive regarding Diversity & Inclusion
Diversity: is the range of human differences including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age social class, physical ability or attributes, religious or ethical values system, national origin and political beliefs. (* Ferris State University).
Inclusion: “In an inclusive workplace, everyone feels respected and valued for being who they are; people trust that they can speak up and be fairly treated; and they share a sense of belonging. Inclusion is not a steady state. It is continuously created through the ways people and organizations operate. In an inclusive workplace, people can do their best work and organizations can gain the full benefit of a diverse workforce.” (*Institute for Community Inclusion).
I recently listened to a pod cast of a group of diverse co-workers talk about what “Diversity and Inclusion” means to them. They had several interesting ideas about how to have and initiate conversations around these two topics. Some of the ideas/takeaways the group shared that stood out to me where:
"NIEAPA members shall seek to develop an awareness of their own personal and cultural values and beliefs as one way of appreciating the importance of multicultural identities in our own lives and in the lives of those we serve. NIEAPA members shall have and continue to develop specialized knowledge and understanding about the values, traditions and systems of all employees at the workplaces they serve."
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