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Celebrating Diversity

 

"Don't stay where you are tolerated. Go where you are celebrated."
-Poster

"We inhabit a universe that is characterized by diversity."
-Desmond Tutu

"We are all tied together in a single garment of destiny . . . I can never be what I ought to be until you are allowed to be what you ought to be."
-Martin Luther King Jr.
 



"What we have to do... is to find a way to celebrate our diversity and debate our differences without fracturing our communities."
-Hillary Clinton

"We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing, and inclusion."
-Max de Pree

"It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength."
-Maya Angelou

 



"If we cannot now end our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity."
-John F. Kennedy

"For as long as the power of America's diversity is diminished by acts of discrimination and violence against people just because they are black, Hispanic, Asian, Jewish, Muslim or gay, we still must overcome."
-Ron Kind

"Tolerance is giving to every other human being every right that you claim for yourself."
-Robert Green Ingersoll

"We need diversity of thought in the world to face the new challenges."
-
Tim Berners Lee

"Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy. That is not our business and, in fact, it's nobody's business. What we are asked to do is to love, and this love itself will render both ourselves and our neighbors worthy."
-Thomas Merton

"Tolerance implies no lack of commitment to one's own beliefs. Rather it condemns the oppression or persecution of others."
-John F. Kennedy

 

 

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Strangers Are Friends You Haven't Met Yet

Modern Love

Happy People Dancing Around the World 2012

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Diversity Doesn't Stick Without Inclusion

 

The Concept of Diversity

 

The concept of diversity encompasses acceptance and respect. It means understanding that each individual is unique, and recognizing our individual differences. These can be along  the dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, or other ideologies. It is the exploration of these differences in a safe, positive, and nurturing environment. It is about understanding each other and moving beyond simple tolerance to embracing and celebrating the rich dimensions of diversity contained within each individual.

 

 

Defining Diversity and Inclusion

 

Diversity - In broad terms, diversity is any dimension that can be used to differentiate groups and people from one another. It means respect for and appreciation of differences in race, ethnicity, gender, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, education, and religion. But itís more than this. We all bring with us diverse perspectives, work experiences, life styles and cultures.

Inclusion - Inclusion is a state of being welcomed, valued, respected and supported. Itís about focusing on the needs of every individual and ensuring the right conditions are in place for each person to achieve his or her full potential. Inclusion involves respecting individual differences and capturing the advantages they provide. Inclusion should be reflected in an organizationís culture, practices and relationships that are in place to support a diverse workforce.



 

"Leaders have long recognized that a diverse workforce of women, people of color, and LGBTQ individuals confers a competitive edge in terms of selling products or services to diverse end users. Yet a stark gap persists between recognizing the leadership behaviors that unlock this capability and actually practicing them. Part of the problem is that diversity and inclusion are so often lumped together that theyíre assumed to be the same thing. But thatís just not the case. In the context of the workplace, diversity equals representation. Without inclusion, however, the crucial connections that attract diverse talent, encourage their participation, foster innovation, and lead to business growth wonít happen."
-Laura Sherbin & Ripa Rashid / Harvard Business Review

 

ďDiversity is being invited to the party. Inclusion is being asked to dance.Ē

-Verna Myers / Diversity Advocate

 

 

 

Love Thy Neighbor

 

Thy Homeless Neighbor

Thy Muslim Neighbor

Thy Black Neighbor

Thy Gay Neighbor

Thy Hispanic Neighbor

Thy Liberal Neighbor

Thy Hindu Neighbor

Thy White Neighbor

Thy Queer Neighbor

Thy Jewish Neighbor

Thy Christian Neighbor

Thy Asian Neighbor

Thy Conservative Neighbor

Thy Transgender Neighbor

Thy Atheist Neighbor

Thy Immigrant Neighbor

Thy Lesbian Neighbor

Thy Arab Neighbor

 

 

Faces From Around the World

Celebrate Diversity
No More Trouble
I Think Youíre Beautiful: Social Experiment

Diversity: Differences Are Essential

Happy People Dancing Around the World 2006

Oddisee: You Grew Up

Blind People Describe Racism

Rainbow Riots: Freedom

Diversity Resources for the Workplace

One Love

 

Fostering an Inclusive Environment

"If you dream of a world in which you can put your partner's picture on your desk, then put her picture on your desk, and you will live in such a world. And if you dream of a world in which you can walk down the street holding your partner's hand, then hold her hands, and you will live in such a world. If you dream of a world in which there are more openly gay elected officials, then run for office, and you will live in such a world. And if you dream of a world in which you can take your partner to the office party, even if your office is the US House of Representatives, then take her to the party. I do, and now I live in such a world. Remember, there are two things that keep us oppressed: them and us. We are one half of the equation."
-Tammy Baldwin / US Senator

 



"When schools and other institutions seek to convey to the public that they value diversity and embrace multiculturalism, oftentimes they tend to take a rather narrow approach. In making genuine efforts to create an open and affirming environment for all their students or constituents, they may define diversity in a manner that is sometimes too limiting. To foster a truly inclusive environment, schools and institutions must consider a broader definition of diversity and more all-encompassing view of multiculturalism. Any diversity training with broad-based credibility must address a wide range of minorities and sub cultures than includes race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, age, religion, politics, and personality. Any meaningful discussion of diversity issues should also include sexual orientation and gender identity and seek to raise awareness about the concerns of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer people."
-Michael Lebeau /LGBTQ Ally and Affirming Counselor

 

 

Celebrate Diversity

Stand By Me

Proud to Be: Coming Together to Celebrate Identity

Multiculturalism Documentary

Diversity Journal: Moving From Diversity to Inclusion

Born Free and Equal

Cultural Diversity: Stereotypes and Communication

Happy People Dancing Around the World 2016

Diversity and Inclusion: Millennials Have a Different Definition

 

"There's a fear that when you're talking about gays and lesbians, you're talking about sex. I don't think that's true. I think you're talking about a community, and you're talking about people relating to each other, and not specifically about sex. I don't think talking about gay and lesbian sex is appropriate for elementary school. But talking about relationships and different communities and about bias and discrimination and how it affects people's lives is appropriate."
-Cora Sangree / School Teacher

 



"Thousands of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people are out of the closet in the corporate world today, including senior executives in Disney, AT&T, American Airlines, Microsoft, McDonalds, Goldman Sachs, Clorox and IBM, to name a few, but the majority of us are still hidden despite promises by our companies that nothing bad will happen to us if we come out. Toward the end of 20 diversity training sessions I did for 800 senior managers at a major banking firm, having heard them all describe the company's working environment as very welcoming for gay people, I asked them why it was then that only two people out of the 800 had yet to identify themselves as gay in an affirming four-hour program on gay and transgender issues. If it's so safe, where are they? I asked. They decided maybe it wasn't as welcoming as they had assumed. Gay and transgender people who are out of the closet today often report feeling invisible. They either become the person to whom every heterosexual turns for information on the gay community, or, more likely, they are marginalized. Closeted gay people see how their openly gay colleagues have become identified more as gay than as team players, and they decide to continue to expend the extraordinary energy it takes to hide who they are. This problem can be solved.
-Brian McNaught /Diversity Trainer

 

 

"Companies should start from the simple but fundamental understanding that there are different perspectives, each of them valuable, and work to explore and identify the range of barriers holding these individuals back. Organizations can then formulate plans and programs that offer options and provide signposts that help women, LGBTQ people, and people of color find the path thatís right for where they are in their lives and careers."

-Laura Sherbin & Ripa Rashid / Harvard Business Review

 

ďMillennials yearn for acceptance of their thoughts and opinions, but compared to older generations, they feel itís unnecessary to downplay their differences in order to get ahead. Millennials are refusing to check their identities at the doors of organizations today, and they strongly believe these characteristics bring value to the business outcomes and impact.Ē
-Deloitte Diversity Study

 

Celebrating Diversity: Photography That Sounds Good

Be My Honey Pie

Proud to Play: Celebrating LGBTQ Athletes

People React to Being Called Beautiful

People From Around the World

Rainbow Riots: Equal Rights

Wake Up Everybody

 

 

 

Diversity Quotes

 

"Strength lies in differences, not in similarities."
-Stephen R. Covey

"Celebrate diversity, practice acceptance and may we all choose peaceful options to conflict."
-Donzella Michele Malone

"We are all different, which is great because we are all unique. Without diversity life would be very boring."
-Catherine Pulsifer

"Diversity in the world is a basic characteristic of human society, and also the key condition for a lively and dynamic world as we see today."
-Jinato Hu

"We have become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic. Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams."
-Jimmy Carter

"Diversity is not about how we differ. Diversity is about embracing one another's uniqueness."
-Ola Joseph

"What the world needs most is openness: Open hearts, open doors, open eyes, open minds, open ears, open souls."
-Robert Muller

"No culture can live, if it attempts to be exclusive."
-Mohandas K. Gandhi

"Diversity is the art of thinking independently together."
-Malcolm Forbes

 

 

 

Practicing Love for Your Neighbors

 

See your neighbors as real people. See them for who they really are. Look past the obvious, the surface, the outer shell, and look into their eyes, their hearts, and their circumstances.

Be humble. Ask for forgiveness and offer forgiveness.

Celebrate and mourn with others. Walk alongside your neighbors. Put yourself in their shoes. Be empathetic and compassionate. Rejoice when they rejoice and mourn when they mourn. Laugh with them and cry with them. Share in their joy and also share in their pain and anguish.

Learn and be teachable. Allow your neighbors to challenge your thinking without taking offense or becoming bitter. Be open to new ideas and perspectives. Try to understand someone else's point of view. Accept constructive criticism. Be informed and knowledgeable.

Ask hard questions of yourself. Examine your thoughts, behaviors, and beliefs.

Refuse to be judgmental.

 

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Diversity Training

Human diversity is a normal, natural thing. We teach our kids that it is alright to be different, but we donít tell them how different it is okay to be. Today, the most common place to study differences of the world is in the classroom. If children are to grow up prepared to live in a complex, multicultural society, more issues of diversity need to be discussed in the classroom. The issue of sexual orientation has become of great importance to todayís children. Researchers and social scientist suggest that 1 to 3 of every 10 students is either gay or lesbian, or has an immediate family member who is.

With the an increasingly diverse workforce and consumer market, and the rise of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender workforce over the last decade, many employers struggle to help their established workforce adapt, and furthermore to bring new staff into the organization's culture.
 


 

In a 2006 Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) survey, 76 percent of HR professionals indicated that their organizations provided training on diversity issues. SHRM broke diversity training into several categories: anti-discrimination training, diversity awareness training, cultural awareness training, diversity management/leadership training, diversity knowledge/skills-based training, or dimension-specific workshops.

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation's records show that more than half of the Fortune 500 provide some form of diversity training that includes sexual orientation, and most of all the employers that prohibit discrimination based on gender identity have some form of related diversity training.

 


 

Apart from having an inclusive equal employment opportunity or non-discrimination statement, employers need to communicate these policies to all of their employees. But, in doing so, many employees will require guidance with basic information:

Who does this affect? The non-discrimination policy applies to everyone, including employees, job applicants, customers and clients.

What are we talking about? What do the terms "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" mean? How do those terms apply to everyone?

Why does the business care? Explain the business rationale. For example, "we want all employees to feel safe and comfortable so they can be productive." What laws come into play?

How does this affect us? How should we acknowledge people who differ from ourselves on these characteristics?

Preferably, most diversity training is done proactively, and many employers opt to go into greater depth with managers. However, employers may find an issue arise within a particular worksite or workgroup that requires follow-up.

 


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