Chapter 27. Working Together for Racial Justice and Inclusion | Section 1. Understanding Culture and Diversity in Building Communities | Main Section (2022)

Learn how to understand people's cultures, promote engagement with others, and build strong, diverse communities.

Chapter 27. Working Together for Racial Justice and Inclusion | Section 1. Understanding Culture and Diversity in Building Communities | Main Section (1)

What is culture?

As community builders, understanding culture is our business. No matter where you live, you are working with and establishing relationships with people--people who all have cultures.

What is culture? Here is one viewpoint.

"Culture" refers to a group or community which shares common experiences that shape the way its members understand the world. It includes groups that we are born into, such as race, national origin, gender, class, or religion. It can also include a group we join or become part of. For example, it is possible to acquire a new culture by moving to a new country or region, by a change in our economic status, or by becoming disabled. When we think of culture this broadly we realize we all belong to many cultures at once.

Do you agree? How might this apply to you?

Why is culture important?

Culture is a strong part of people's lives. It influences their views, their values, their humor, their hopes, their loyalties, and their worries and fears. So when you are working with people and building relationships with them, it helps to have some perspective and understanding of their cultures.

But as we explore culture, it's also important to remember how much we have in common. People see the world very differently, but theyknow what it is like to wake up in the morning and look forward to the adventures that of the day. We are all human beings. We all love deeply, want to learn, have hopes and dreams, and have experienced pain and fear.

At the same time, we can't pretend our cultures and differences don't matter. We can't gloss over differences and pretend they don't exist, wishing we could all be alike, and we can't pretend thatdiscrimination doesn't exist.

This chapter will give you practical information about how to understand culture, establish relationships with people from cultures different from your own, act as an ally against racism and other forms of discrimination, create organizations in which diverse groups can work together, overcome internalized oppression, and build strong and diverse communities.

This section is an introduction to understanding culture, and will focus on:

  • What culture is
  • The importance of understanding culture in community building
  • Envisioning your cultural community
  • How to get started in building communities that encourage diversity.

But first, it is important to remember that everyone has an important viewpoint and role to play when is comes to culture. You don't have to be an expert to build relationships with people different from yourself; you don't have to have a degree to learn to become sensitive to cultural issues; and you don't have to be a social worker to know how culture has affected your life.

Why is understanding culture important if we are community builders?

The world is becoming increasingly diverse and includes people of many religions, languages, economic groups, and other cultural groups.

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It is becoming clear that in order to build communities that are successful at improving conditions and resolving problems, we need to understand and appreciate many cultures, establish relationships with people from cultures other than our own, and build strong alliances with different cultural groups. Additionally, we need to bring non-mainstream groups into the center of civic activity. Why?

  • In order to build communities that are powerful enough to attain significant change, we need large numbers of people working together. If cultural groups join forces, they will be more effective in reaching common goals, than if each group operates in isolation.
  • Each cultural groups has unique strengths and perspectives that the larger community can benefit from. We need a wide range of ideas, customs, and wisdom to solve problems and enrich community life. Bringing non-mainstream groups into the center of civic activity can provide fresh perspectives and shed new light on tough problems.
  • Understanding cultures will help us overcome and prevent racial and ethnic divisions. Racial and ethnic divisions result in misunderstandings, loss of opportunities, and sometimes violence. Racial and ethnic conflicts drain communities of financial and human resources; they distract cultural groups from resolving the key issues they have in common.
  • People from different cultures have to be included in decision-making processes in order for programs or policies to be effective. The people affected by a decision have to be involved in formulating solutions--it's a basic democratic principle. Without the input and support of all the groups involved, decision-making, implementation, and follow through are much less likely to occur.
  • An appreciation of cultural diversity goes hand-in-hand with a just and equitable society. For example, research has shown that when students' cultures are understood and appreciated by teachers, the students do better in school. Students feel more accepted, they feel part of the school community, they work harder to achieve, and they are more successful in school.
  • If we do not learn about the influences that cultural groups have had on our mainstream history and culture, we are all missing out on an accurate view of our society and our communities.

As you think about diversity, it may be helpful to envision the kind of cultural community you want to build. In order to set some goals related to building relationships between cultures, resolving differences, or building a diverse coalition, it helps to have a vision of the kind of cultural community you hope for.

What kind of cultural community do you envision?

Can you imagine the kind of cultural community you want to live or work in?

People have very different views of what a multicultural society or community should be like or could be like. In the past few decades there has been a lot of discussion about what it means to live and work together in a society that is diverse as ours. People struggle with different visions of a fair, equitable, moral, and harmonious society.

  • How will the world be unified as a cohesive whole, if people separate into many different cultural groups?
  • In order to be a part of that dream, must I assimilate?
  • Why does racism persist in places that are committed to equality and liberty?
  • How can I protect my children from the harmful influences in the larger culture? How can I instill my children with the moral values of my own religion or culture, but still expose them to a variety of views?
  • Are there structural problems in our government or economic system that serve to divide cultural groups? How can they be changed?
  • Should I put my community building and civic energies into my own cultural community, rather than the mainstream culture? Where can I have the biggest influence?
  • Can oppression be stopped by legislation, or does each person have to overcome their individual prejudice, or both?
  • Why do immigrants have to hold onto their own cultures and languages?
  • If my group is excluded, what can I do?
  • How do I protect my children from being targeted by racism or sexism other forms of discrimination if I live in a diverse society? Shall I send them to culturally or racially specificschool, or a female-only school, or another appropriate school?
  • If each person overcame their own prejudices, would all the divisions disappear?
  • How do I overcome my prejudices?
  • Is prejudice a thing of the past?
  • Why can't we all just get along?

What do you think about these questions? Which issues do you struggle with? What other issues are important to you or your cultural group?

As you envision the kind of diverse community, you and your neighbors may want to consider these kinds of questions. These are some of the real and tough questions that people grapple with on a daily basis. These questions point to some of the tensions that arise as we try to build harmonious, active, and diverse communities in a country as a complex as ours. There are no easy answers; we are all learning as we go.

So, what kind of community do you envision for yourself? How will diversity be approached in your community? If you could have your ideal community right now what would it look like? If you can't have your ideal community right now, what will be the next steps you will take in building the kind of cultural community you want?

Here are some questions that may help you think about your community:

  • Who lives in your community right now?
  • What kinds of diversity already exists?
  • What kinds of relationships are established between cultural groups?
  • Are the different cultural groups well organized?
  • What kind of struggles between cultures exist?
  • What kind of struggles within cultural groups exist?
  • Are these struggles openly recognized and talked about?
  • Are there efforts to build alliances and coalitions between groups?
  • What issues do different cultural groups have in common?

These are some of the questions that can get you thinking about your how to build the kind of community you hope for. What other issues do you think are important to consider? What are your next steps?

So, you may ask, "How do we get started?" Here are some ideas that will help you set the stage for creating your vision of a diverse organization or community.

Helpful tips to start building a diverse community

In the book, Healing into Action, authors Cherie Brown and George Mazza list principles that, when put into practice, help create a favorable environment for building diverse communities. The following guidelines are taken from their principles:

Welcome everyone.

In order for people to commit to working on diversity, every person needs to feel that they will be included and important. Each person needs to feel welcomed in the effort to create a diverse community. And each person needs to know that their culture is important to others.

Guilt doesn't work in fostering diversity.

Blaming people as a way of motivating them is not effective. Shaming people for being in a privileged position only causes people to feel bad; it doesn't empower them to take action to change. People are more likely to change when they are appreciated and liked, not condemned or guilt-tripped.

Treating everyone the same may be unintentionally oppressive.

Although every person is unique, some of us have been mistreated or oppressed because we are a member of a particular group. If we ignore these present-day or historical differences, we may fail to understand the needs of those individuals. Often people are afraid that recognizing differences will divide people from each other. However, learning about cultural differences can actually bring people closer together, because it can reveal important parts of each other'slives. It can show us how much we have in common as human beings.

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People can take on tough issues more readily when the issues are presented with a spirit of hope.

We are bombarded daily with newspapers and TV reports of doom and gloom. People have a difficult time functioning at all when they feel there is no hope for change. When you present diversity issues you can say things like, "This is an excellent opportunity to build on the strengths that this organization has," or "There is no reason why we can't solve this problem together."

Building a team around us is the most effective way of creating institutional and community change around diversity issues.

You will be more effective if you have a group of people around you that works together closely. People often try to go it alone, but we can lose sight of our goals and then become discouraged when operating solo. It is important to take the time to develop strong relationships with a core of people, and then work together as a group.

Recognize and work with the diversity already present in what appear to be homogenous groups.

In working to combat racism and other forms of oppression many people become discouraged when they are unable to create a diverse group. Starting by recognizing differences in religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomics, parenting, and class backgrounds will help create a climate that welcomes differences; it will also lay the groundwork for becoming more inclusive.

In Summary

We've talked about what diversity is, why it is important, how to begin envisioning your ideal diverse community, and how to set up an environment that fosters diversity. This is only the beginning.

In working towards your diverse organization or community there is much more to do. In the next sections we will talk about how to become aware of your own culture, build relationships with from different cultures, become allies to people discriminated against, overcome internalized oppression, build multicultural organizations and coalitions, and other topics as well.

Each of us can build the kinds of communities we dream of. In our families, organizations, institutions, and neighborhoods, we can insist that we won't remain isolated from those who are different from ourselves. We can transform our neighborhoods, institutions, and governments into equitable, non-oppressive, and diverse communities.

Online Resources

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The Center for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Servicescollects and describes early childhood/early intervention resources and serves as point of exchange for users.

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Chapter 8: Respect for Diversity in the "Introduction to Community Psychology" explains cultural humility as an approach to diversity, the dimensions of diversity, the complexity of identity, and important cultural considerations.

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Culture Mattersis a cross-cultural training workbook developed by the Peace Corps to help new volunteers acquire the knowledge and skills to work successfully and respectfully in other cultures.

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"How Studying Privilege Systems Can Strengthen Compassion,"a TED talk given byPeggy McIntosh at TEDxTimberlaneSchools

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SIL International makes available "The Stranger’s Eyes," an article that speaks to cultural sensitivity with questions that can be strong tools for discussion.

Study, Discussion and Action on Issues of Race, Racism and Inclusion - a partial list of resources utilized and prepared by Yusef Mgeni.


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How can you promote diversity and inclusion in the community? ›

Tips to promote inclusion in your community
  1. Ask members to self identify by sharing their pronouns. ...
  2. Highlight diverse stories from within your community. ...
  3. Showcase members of your community with panels and lives. ...
  4. Work with fellow community leaders and groups to share your diverse perspectives.

What an inclusive community is and why is building an inclusive community important? ›

An inclusive community values all its members and helps them to meet their basic needs so that they can live with dignity, engage actively, and contribute to their community. Municipalities can support inclusive communities in three important areas: social connectedness and belonging.

What are 4 strategies that support cultural competence? ›

How do I become culturally competent?
  • Learn about yourself. Get started by exploring your own historical roots, beliefs and values, says Robert C. ...
  • Learn about different cultures. ...
  • Interact with diverse groups. ...
  • Attend diversity-focused conferences. ...
  • Lobby your department.

Why is understanding cultural diversity important in understanding the self? ›

Learning about other cultures helps us understand different perspectives within the world in which we live. It helps dispel negative stereotypes and personal biases about different groups. In addition, cultural diversity helps us recognize and respect “ways of being” that are not necessarily our own.

What are 3 ways to promote inclusion? ›

Strategies To Promote Inclusion In School
  1. Excellence in teaching and learning. Ensure that the educators have the proper training, flexibility and enough resources to teach students with diverse needs and learning styles. ...
  2. Promote A Positive Learning Climate. ...
  3. Embrace Students' Diversity. ...
  4. Encourage Student Interactions.
14 Oct 2018

What are 5 benefits of an inclusive workplace? ›

Five benefits a diverse and inclusive workplace has for employees:
  • Greater sense of safety and belonging.
  • Stronger resilience and ability to adapt to change.
  • More open to discuss and manage mental health issues.
  • Improved conflict resolution and problem-solving skills.
  • Increased empathy and understanding of customer needs.
2 Feb 2021

How do you create a welcoming and inclusive environment? ›

Five Steps for Creating Welcoming and Inclusive Learning Environments
  1. Build Trusting Relationships. Know all of your students as people not just as learners. ...
  2. Ensure Safety and Inclusion. ...
  3. Make Diversity Visible. ...
  4. Set High Expectations and Deepen Learning Opportunities. ...
  5. Learn and Grow.

What are the ways to build inclusive cultures? ›

How do you create an inclusive work culture?
  • Start from the top. ...
  • Focus on inclusive recruitment strategies. ...
  • Provide safe spaces for employees. ...
  • Connect with employees (but be sensitive). ...
  • Give employees multiple ways to provide feedback. ...
  • It fosters a healthy work environment.
3 Aug 2022

How can you promote good cultural practice to your community? ›

Try these easy, inexpensive ways to promote your culture.
  1. Reach Out To Local Media. ...
  2. Start A Culture Social Media Group. ...
  3. Publish And Speak Prolifically. ...
  4. Create Your Own Culture List. ...
  5. Partner With A Culture Expert.
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What are 3 examples of strategies to help improve culturally competent care? ›

  • Provide interpreter services.
  • Recruit and retain minority staff.
  • Provide training to increase cultural awareness, knowledge, and skills.
  • Coordinate with traditional healers.
  • Use community health workers.
  • Incorporate culture-specific attitudes and values into health promotion tools.

How do you promote cultural understanding? ›

Use these tips from the American Psychological Association to be more culturally aware:
  1. Think beyond race and ethnicity. A person's culture is shaped by more than the color of their skin or the way that they dress. ...
  2. Learn by asking. ...
  3. Make local connections. ...
  4. Pay attention to non-verbal behaviors. ...
  5. Exchange stories.
22 Jul 2019

What are the 4 types of cultural diversity? ›

There are generally four different types of diversity: internal, external, organizational, and worldview—and you should aim to understand and represent them all.
Here are some examples of internal diversity:
  • Race.
  • Ethnicity.
  • Age.
  • National origin.
  • Sexual orientation.
  • Cultural identity.
  • Assigned sex.
29 Nov 2020

What are the importance and benefits of cultural diversity? ›

Working across cultures can be a truly enriching experiencing, allowing others to learn about perspectives and traditions from around the world. Bonding over similarities and differences can help you to become a global citizen, abandoning prejudices or an ethnocentric world view—something that is increasingly valuable.

What are the four 4 key elements of inclusion? ›

The principle of inclusion is a component of accessibility, availability, acceptability and adaptability.

What are the 7 key principles of inclusion? ›

What are the 7 Pillars of Inclusion?
  • ACCESS. Access explores the importance of a welcoming environment and the habits that create it. ...
  • ATTITUDE. Attitude looks at how willing people are to embrace inclusion and diversity and to take meaningful action. ...
  • CHOICE. ...
  • POLICY. ...

What are the 6 elements of successful inclusion? ›

  • Introduction.
  • Educate Your Leaders.
  • Form an Inclusion Council.
  • Celebrate Employee Differences.
  • Listen to Employees.
  • Hold More-Effective Meetings.
  • Communicate Goals and Measure Progress.
19 Mar 2018

What are 10 benefits of diversity and inclusion in the workplace? ›

The Ten Big Benefits of Diversity in the Workplace
  • Diverse organizations spark innovation. ...
  • Diverse leadership expands an organization's customer base. ...
  • Diverse teams get better answers. ...
  • Diverse project teams collaborate more effectively. ...
  • Diversity improves team performance. ...
  • Diverse teams make better decisions.

What are some examples of diversity and inclusion? ›

6 Examples of Diverse and Inclusive Companies
  • Diversity means having a variety of skills, abilities, genders, races, ethnicities and more in the workplace; inclusion is the creation of a safe and supportive environment for all.
  • Diversity and inclusion in the workplace can boost innovation by as much as 20%.

How do you respect diversity in the workplace? ›

Ways to support diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace
  1. Be aware of unconscious bias. ...
  2. Communicate the importance of managing bias. ...
  3. Promote pay equity. ...
  4. Develop a strategic training program. ...
  5. Acknowledge holidays of all cultures. ...
  6. Make it easy for your people to participate in employee resource groups. ...
  7. Mix up your teams.
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How do you implement diversity and inclusion in the workplace? ›

Here are 9 ways to improve DEIB within your workplace.
  1. Identify DEIB as a strategic priority. ...
  2. Conduct pay equity reviews. ...
  3. Recruit and promote from a diverse POV. ...
  4. Create a robust mentorship program. ...
  5. Consistently train and engage employees on DEIB. ...
  6. Make sure benefits and programs are inclusive. ...
  7. Set your ERGs up for success.
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What are 4 main desired results and benefits of inclusion? ›

The desired results of inclusive experiences for children with and without disabilities and their families should include, a sense of belonging and membership, positive social relationships and friendships, and development and learning to reach their full potential.

How do you create a positive inclusive environment? ›

5 inclusivity practises to consider
  1. Create a supportive, respectful environment: promote diversity and fairness.
  2. Have high expectations of all your students. ...
  3. Create a supportive peer culture both inside and outside the classroom. ...
  4. Plan learning which includes participation from everyone and encourages success.
15 Nov 2017

How do you promote cultural diversity in the workplace? ›

What are the best ways to promote diversity?
  1. Educate Managers on the Benefits of Diversity in the Workplace.
  2. Create More Inclusive Workplace Policies.
  3. Communicate Clearly and Create Employee-Led Task Forces.
  4. Offer Meaningful Opportunities for Employee Engagement.
  5. Create Mentorship Programs.
  6. [
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What are the 3 foundational values of an inclusive culture? ›

We need to be committed to the long-term goals of diversity, equity, and inclusion to create a positive change in organizational culture.

What are four characteristics of an inclusive workplace culture? ›

An inclusive workplace is cooperative, collaborative, open, fair, curious, accountable and so much more. Take a look at these seven components of inclusion, plus tips for helping to create an inclusive workplace: 1.

What are the five stages in establishing inclusive culture? ›

Through our research, we have identified five inclusive leadership mindsets that shape behaviors: self-awareness, curiosity, courage, vulnerability, and empathy. These mindsets are critical for leaders' ability to create an environment where all employees feel respected, valued, and able to contribute their best work.

How can we improve cultural values? ›

Here's what they found:
  1. Celebrate values through actions. “Culture isn't a few platitudes on the wall. ...
  2. Create traditions. “Capture and create traditions that support your culture. ...
  3. Hold virtual meetings. ...
  4. Put egg in everything. ...
  5. Connect at morning meetings. ...
  6. Send encouraging emails. ...
  7. Lead by example. ...
  8. Get pumped for game time.
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How can you promote a culture of positive development and learning? ›

1 Create continuous, on-the-job learning opportunities, for all members. 2 Promote inquiry and dialogue: creating a culture in which feedback and experimentation are encouraged. 3 Encourage and reward collaboration and team learning.

How do you present your culture? ›

Your cultural traditions can be shared through storytelling, music, song, dance, or art. You can also help bridge the gap by sharing aspects of your social influences. As you meet new people in the USand start to form connections and friendships, you may take part in their celebrations or significant life events.

What are the 5 five points of cultural diversity in health care? ›

In health care, cultural diversity can be expressed in five ways: paradigm, communication, specificity, organization, and sensitivity. When providing care to patients, each of these points of commonality can present unique challenges for healthcare providers.

How do you promote cultural awareness in the workplace? ›

  1. Get training for global citizenship. ...
  2. Bridge the culture gap with good communication skills. ...
  3. Practice good manners. ...
  4. Celebrate traditional holidays, festivals, and food. ...
  5. Observe and listen to foreign customers and colleagues.
22 Sept 2017

How do you promote cultural competence in the workplace? ›

Be committed to promoting cultural competence. Develop this commitment through staff development and training, hiring, retention, career advancement, performance evaluations, and employee policies that support culturally competent and linguistically appropriate practice.

How can you promote understanding of other culture and society? ›

You can learn about diverse cultural groups in various ways. For example, you can conduct research or ask your peers on different social sites about their cultural norms. Remember, to understand other cultures well, you can opt for practical methods like traveling and camping.

How can you show respect and understanding for other cultures? ›

Respect for other cultures
  1. Self-awareness. Begin awareness that your culture is no more valuable or correct than anyone else's. ...
  2. Educate yourself. Expand your knowledge and cultural awareness by: ...
  3. Engage. While you may tend to gravitate to people who share your culture. ...
  4. Don't stereotype. ...
  5. Appreciate the differences.
3 May 2022

What are 10 examples of culture? ›

The following are illustrative examples of traditional culture.
  • Norms. Norms are informal, unwritten rules that govern social behaviors. ...
  • Languages. ...
  • Festivals. ...
  • Rituals & Ceremony. ...
  • Holidays. ...
  • Pastimes. ...
  • Food. ...
  • Architecture.
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What are the 7 types of diversity? ›

Here's a list of the different types of diversity in the workplace:
  • Cultural diversity.
  • Racial diversity.
  • Religious diversity.
  • Age diversity.
  • Sex / Gender diversity.
  • Sexual orientation.
  • Disability.

What are the 7 examples of culture? ›

There are seven elements, or parts, of a single culture. They are social organization, customs, religion, language, government, economy, and arts.

What is a good example of cultural diversity? ›

So, what are some examples of cultural diversity? Cultural diversity looks like this: In A Workplace: Having a multilingual team, having a diverse range of ages working together, having policies that are vocally against discrimination, etc.

What are 3 examples of cultural differences in the workplace? ›

Types Of Cultural Differences In The Workplace
  • Religion. ...
  • Ethnicity. ...
  • Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. ...
  • Education. ...
  • Generation. ...
  • Cultural Behavior. ...
  • Educational Clash. ...
  • Ensure Effective Communication.

What are examples of cultural diversity in the workplace? ›

4 types of cultural diversity in the workplace
  • Age.
  • Gender identity, biological sex, and sexual orientation.
  • Race and ethnicity.
  • Disability.

Which is the best example of diversity at the workplace? ›

Examples of Workplace Diversity
  • An organizational team is made up of people from different cultures. ...
  • An organization makes an effort to bring more diversity to its leadership staff. ...
  • A company putting an emphasis on people with unconventional or different backgrounds is another example of workplace diversity.

Why is it important to protect cultural diversity? ›

Cultural diversity fosters peace.

Cultural diversity fosters peace by demanding respect for human life regardless of different traditions, histories, and customs. Today, it is not enough to ask for tolerance. To truly protect human rights, we must actively champion cultural diversity.

How do you promote diversity and inclusion answer? ›

When asked a question about diversity, discuss your direct experiences with people of different cultures. Refrain from saying you don't see color. Instead, explain the value of honoring diverse cultures and learning from others. If you are sincere in your answers to diversity questions, your true character will shine.

What is diversity and inclusion in the community? ›

It means understanding one another by surpassing simple tolerance to ensure people truly value their differences. This allows us both to embrace and also to celebrate the rich dimensions of diversity contained within each individual and place positive value on diversity in the community and in the workforce.

What activities can you do to promote diversity? ›

15 Team-Building Activities to Promote Diversity and Inclusion
  • Draw a Diversity Flower.
  • Host a Happy Hour.
  • Plan a Heritage Potluck.
  • Make Sushi Together.
  • Start a Book Club.
  • Try the Privilege Walk.
  • Establish a Gender-Neutral Jar.
  • Volunteer in the Community.
26 Jan 2022

How do you promote a culturally inclusive workplace? ›

How do you create an inclusive work culture?
  1. Start from the top. ...
  2. Focus on inclusive recruitment strategies. ...
  3. Provide safe spaces for employees. ...
  4. Connect with employees (but be sensitive). ...
  5. Give employees multiple ways to provide feedback. ...
  6. It fosters a healthy work environment.
3 Aug 2022

Why is it important to promote diversity and inclusion? ›

Diversity and inclusion (D&I) is more than policies, programs, or headcounts. Equitable employers outpace their competitors by respecting the unique needs, perspectives and potential of all their team members. As a result, diverse and inclusive workplaces earn deeper trust and more commitment from their employees.

What is an example of diversity in a community? ›

Diversity is differences in racial and ethnic, socioeconomic, geographic, and academic/professional backgrounds. People with different opinions, backgrounds (degrees and social experience), religious beliefs, political beliefs, sexual orientations, heritage, and life experience.

What are 3 major differences between diversity and inclusion? ›

Mitjans: Diversity is the "what"; inclusion is the "how." Diversity focuses on the makeup of your workforce — demographics such as gender, race/ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, just to name a few, and inclusion is a measure of culture that enables diversity to thrive.

What are the 3 ways to handle diversity? ›

Here are some ways that will help overcome diversity challenges:
  • Take a look at your recruiting and hiring practices. ...
  • Establish mentoring opportunities. ...
  • Promote team work. ...
  • Make inclusion a priority. ...
  • Provide Diversity Training.

What are 5 actions that we can do to respect the diversity? ›

How to respect diversity in a school or work environment
  • Accept people's differences but find common ground. ...
  • Learn something new from people that are different to you, don't shut it down. ...
  • Make sure you give everyone a chance to have an opinion. ...
  • Avoid using stereotypes and recognise and address your own bias.

What are the 7 pillars of inclusion? ›

7 Pillars of Inclusion
  • Choice.
  • Partnerships.
  • Communications.
  • Policies.
  • Opportunities.
  • Access.
  • Attitude.

What are some examples of inclusion in the workplace? ›

Inclusion in the workplace: examples
  • Creating a sense of belonging. ...
  • Nurturing empathetic leadership. ...
  • Offering employees development opportunities. ...
  • Developing a collaborative environment. ...
  • Making sure employees feel valued. ...
  • Invest in educating leaders. ...
  • Create two-way communication channels.
4 May 2022

What are five ways to encourage cultural diversity? ›

5 Ways to Promote Diversity Awareness in Your Classroom/Home
  • Celebrate differences. Make sure to identify and celebrate differences as valuable. ...
  • Foster creative expression. ...
  • Invite students to share. ...
  • Represent multiple cultures in the learning environment. ...
  • Celebrate ALL holidays.
18 May 2022

What are the 6 best strategies for working with diversity? ›

Six Strategies for Embracing Diversity in the Workplace
  • Start the conversation. ...
  • Increase accountability and transparency. ...
  • Develop inclusive leadership skills. ...
  • Notice the diversity (or lack of it) during discussions and decisions. ...
  • Pay attention to how all people are treated. ...
  • Act as a vocal ally.


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