"What we have to do... is to find a way to celebrate our
diversity and debate our differences without fracturing
"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
"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."
"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
"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."
"Tolerance implies no lack of commitment to one's own
beliefs. Rather it condemns the oppression or
persecution of others."
-John F. Kennedy
What is Culture?
Strangers Are Friends You
Haven't Met Yet
Happy People Dancing Around the World
Black Guy & White Girlfriend in Harlem Barber Shop
Ultimate Wedding Party
We Are All Different With
a Mutual Goal
Diversity Doesn't Stick Without Inclusion
The Concept of
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
Diversity and Inclusion
- 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.
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
is being invited to the party. Inclusion is being asked
Myers / Diversity Advocate
Faces From Around the World
No More Trouble
Think Youíre Beautiful: Social Experiment
Diversity: Differences Are Essential
Happy People Dancing Around the World
Oddisee: You Grew Up
Blind People Describe Racism
Diversity Resources for the Workplace
Fostering an Inclusive
"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
Stand By Me
Proud to Be: Coming Together to Celebrate Identity
Diversity Journal: Moving From Diversity to Inclusion
Born Free and Equal
Cultural Diversity: Stereotypes and Communication
Happy People Dancing Around the World
Diversity and Inclusion: Millennials Have a Different
"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
-Brian McNaught /Diversity Trainer
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."
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
React to Being Called Beautiful
People From Around the World
Wake Up Everybody
lies in differences, not in similarities."
-Stephen R. Covey
"Celebrate diversity, practice acceptance and may we all
choose peaceful options to conflict."
"We are all different, which is great because we are all
unique. Without diversity life would be very boring."
"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."
"We have become not a melting pot but a beautiful
mosaic. Different people, different beliefs, different
yearnings, different hopes, different dreams."
"Diversity is not about how we differ. Diversity is
about embracing one another's uniqueness."
"What the world needs most is openness: Open hearts,
open doors, open eyes, open minds, open ears, open
"No culture can live, if it attempts to be exclusive."
-Mohandas K. Gandhi
"Diversity is the art of thinking independently
for Your Neighbors
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
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
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.
Cultural Diversity: Making Music Together
A Place for Everyone
Desmond Tutu: Why We Should Celebrate Differences
Proud to Love: Celebrating Marriage Equality and LGBTQ
Oddisee: You Grew Up
Intimate Portraits of Strangers
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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