What does inclusion and diversity mean to you? It was one of the many hot topics at the Kindness Matters Conference, what did we walk away with? It all matters.
Social inclusion, affirmative action to change the circumstances and habits that leads to social exclusion
- Inclusion (disability rights), including people with and without disabilities, people of different backgrounds
- Inclusion (education), students with special educational needs spend most or all of their time with non-disabled students
- Learning disabilities – people learn at different levels, with PTDS, OCD and other handicaps
- Inclusion means that all people, regardless of their abilities, disabilities, or health care needs are included.
- The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 mandates that people with disabilities have freedom, equality, and opportunity to participate fully in public life. https://www.communityinclusion.org/article.php?article_id=213%C2%A0
Diversity doesn’t just mean the color of someone’s skin, it also means their background. I just learned this today, when you are speaking with someone, ask them:
What is their blood line (where are they from) – location based
What’s their story: (current or past experiences) – how or where did they get started?
What’s their love line: for some it may be about music, art or something creative
Personality differences – for the example the Enneagram, I found most helpful to understand the communication styles of people of whom I have worked with. This is a free enneagram quiz. If you are faced with someone who is pushing you a bit, y ou can discover how to respond to them, rather react to them. The quiz is by Matt Schelgal.
What a diverse and inclusive workplace culture should be, found this on Gallup.
Andres Nunez talked a lot about inclusion and diversity, because as an employee he found his bosses didn’t understand some of his behavior, since he was a quiet person, he didn’t speak up and he couldn’t understand why this boss would be breathing down his neck. It comes back to communicating with each person on your team, getting to know all people in your organization and have more flexibility in how everyone can work together. Watch him on the Creating an Impactful Legacy https://podcasts.heartatworkonline.org/andres-nunez-episode-48/
Andres uses his ability to make connections as a pillar to his career and life. He has over 6 years of experience in business development, sales, program management and customer service for a with companies affiliated with Apple, HughesNet, Sprint, and the Idaho National Laboratory.
Cherryl Galezewski led a discussion about Diversity and Inclusion, given that she lives in Minnesota, where the first protestors started with the death of George Floyd.
I encouraged her, often I hear this doesn’t happen in my neighborhood, something is wrong with “those people.” It was a good conversation. You know who “those people are.” You.
Any time that we can have open discussions about difficult topics is a great way to increase the inclusion in your workplace and in the community. At the same, time you must be willing to listen, be curious, ask questions, don’t take anything personal. Most often it’s not about you, unless you are guilty of something. It’s really matters when we can take the time to include people and listen to people who don’t have the same beliefs as you.
At the end Kindness Matters, whether you are black, white, blue, purple, pink, different hues, an animal or human. Kindness matters as we can uplift each other up to do better and be better, it’s really up toto each of us individually.
Here are her presentation notes for the disucussion
What did we walk away with? All our speakers presented a variety of ways to be kinder, it’s more than just doing a Random Act of Kindness.