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By Chris Chukwunyere April 24, 2019

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Diversity and Inclusion

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My experience so far as an AtlasCorps Fellow has been amazing. Being part of the class 34 cohort that consistof 2 Nigerians, 4 Russians, 1 South Sudanese, 1 Ugandan, 1 Senegalese, 1Malawian 1 Indian and 3 Pakistanis has provided me with the opportunity to befriends with people of diverse cultures, perspectives and experiences aboutlife. We are building great relationships that foster partnerships andcollaborations that will add value to humanity. The beauty of our class lies inthe strength of our diversity and our attitude of inclusion.

During the Global Leadership Lab (GLL) in January 2019, Scott the CEO/Founder announced that the theme Atlas Corps will be running with is Diversity and Inclusion. Like every great leader, he shared a goal which he hoped will be lived and expressed by the fellows. And if there is any place that has the potential to celebrate diversity and inclusion, it is the community of Atlas Corps fellows. This is because this community is a very diverse community in all sense of the word. I believe that therein lies our strength. Our ability to create an environment that encourages inclusion is what makes our strength effective.

What is diversity and Inclusion?

Diversity constitutes the full classification of human demographic differences. It reflects the entire spectrum of the differences that exists among humans across the world. Considering how the world is evolving due to the emergence of new knowledge and increase in self-awareness, diversity is no longer a concept that is limited to race and gender. The spectrum of diversity now also include ethnicity, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, generation, disability, personality types and thinking style. All of these contribute to weaving the culture, which a person expresses.

Inclusion on the other hand is providing an environment with a culture that makes everyone feel respected, valued, accepted and encouraged to freely participate in the community. It is creating an environment that make people feel a sense of belonging and be their authentic selves. An inclusive environment is a place where the voices of everyone in a community can be encouraged, heard, valued and understood in order to meet their needs. People should feel safe and secure in such community.

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For us in Atlas Corps, almostall the factors that constitutes diversity are represented in the fellowcommunity. This is because of the convergence of over 90 fellows from acrossthe different parts of the world. Every single person came with their own uniqueculture. We are a very multi-racial and multi-generational community, withmulti-backgrounds as well. Therefore, the need to operate an inclusiveenvironment is very important. And because the concept of inclusion is not aone-off thing, Atlas Corps is doing everything possible to create anenvironment of consistent inclusion.

This shows that Atlas Corps doesnot only promote diversity and inclusion, they celebrate both. There is no betterway to celebrate diversity and inclusion order than by providing the platformfor international social change leaders to come to the United States for12-18months and serve with various host organizations across the country.

As a public health practitionerand social change leader in Nigeria, I have had to work with people from mycountry and across the world. But the Atlas Corps fellowship has given me amuch bigger platform to gain exposure to leaders from so many countries. Havingto work in a host organization with hundreds of employees further broadened myexposure to people from different countries. The beauty about this experienceis that it has helped me develop the capacity to operate in a very diversecommunity, learn to understand, respect and value people more. It has empoweredmy choice of living the culture of inclusion irrespective of who people are,where they come from, what they believe, or what they do. This has made me abetter leader relationally and has further made me an integral contributor tothe success of my organization. This is a major plus to my career life.

It is however important to notethat the concept of inclusion is not an event but a journey. Therefore, we mustas a community make the effort to consciously build a systemic approach todeveloping a culture of inclusion. This means that from the point of sendingout calls for application, to conducting interviews, pairing fellows with hostorganizations, orientation, immersion and GLL, fellow check-ins and performancereviews, communications, etc., there must be systems in place to encouragediversity and inclusion. There must be policies that celebrate that, which I amsure Atlas Corps has and has been abiding by.

It is however required that asfellows, we need to celebrate diversity and inclusion. Systems and policies donot work without people implementing and living them out. As we interact withone another, attend events and meetings, let’s learn to respect and value ourdiversities. Let’s create an environment that encourages a sense of belongingfor all. Let’s learn as leaders to always empathize with other fellows.

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There are however two possiblebarriers to diversity and inclusion. They are:

Unconscious bias

Many people carry with them somelevel of biases, which they may have picked up because of their experiences,backgrounds, cultural/religious orientation or environment. These biasescontribute to forming their values, beliefs and way of thinking. Until a personcomes to a place of self-awareness so they can be conscious of what drivestheir decisions and the motives behind their actions, they may continue torelate with people from a position of unconscious bias, which will keep servingas a barrier to diversity and inclusion.

Wrong cooperate culture

When the cooperate culture of anorganization is wrong, it will serve as a barrier to diversity and inclusion.Every organization such as Atlas Corps should ensure that their values areenshrined in the hearts of every staff, volunteer, intern, fellow, board memberand every person who is a part of the community. This way it is easy to promoteand celebrate a diverse and inclusive culture.

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We must learn at all levels to support diversity and inclusion both as individuals and as an organization by following the practices below:

  1. We should learn to be aware of our unconscious biases and consciously do away with them when relating with people.
  2. We should learn to live/work together with people who are different from us, learn to listen to and understand them.
  3. We should create events within our communities that would bring everyone together. Encourage positive interaction within the community.
  4. We should avoid creating clicks within our communities, it divides rather than celebrate our diversities and create an environment for inclusion.
  5. We must learn to consciously respect and value people in all ramification.
  6. We should acknowledge holidays of different cultures.
  7. We should always operate empathetic leadership.
  8. We should establish a sense of belonging for all.
  9. We should minimize and contain the spread of rumors and fear in our communities.
  10. We must offer consistent training on diversity and inclusion.
  11. We must learn to communicate clearly across board. Poor communication can lead to misinterpretation that can be a barrier to diversity and inclusion.
  12. We must learn to be a listening community. We listen to Understand.
  13. Leaders across board must learn to model diversity and inclusion.
  14. We must set up systems that drives accountability.

The success of every greatorganization is tied to their organizational culture. Atlas Corps knows thisand that is why they consistently communicate their core values such as,service to a cause greater than yourself, empathy, diversity and Inclusion,ubuntu, level 5 leadership, teamwork and global collaboration and excellence tous. This is because they know that by living it we create a culture thatinspires diversity and inclusion. Therefore, it is in our hands to live thesevalues and keep strengthening the culture. This is how people thrive. This ishow organizations succeed. This is how we can encourage diversity and inclusionas a community.

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FAQs

How can you contribute to a community that values diversity and inclusion? ›

Ways to promote 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.
21 Jun 2022

How can we make our community more equal and inclusive? ›

Five ways to make society more inclusive
  1. Create inclusive classrooms. ...
  2. Design accessible communities. ...
  3. Make workplaces inclusive. ...
  4. Increase disability representation and leadership in media, politics and business. ...
  5. Actively engage with your community members with disabilities.
25 Sept 2017

How do you ensure you are building a diverse and inclusive team? ›

How to Build Diverse Teams
  1. Address all aspects of diversity. ...
  2. Customize your vision and company culture. ...
  3. Redefine your recruiting strategy. ...
  4. Identify and eliminate any bias. ...
  5. Make employees feel valued. ...
  6. Practice empathetic leadership. ...
  7. Celebrate cultural differences. ...
  8. Provide leadership development opportunities.
22 Aug 2022

How do you answer diversity interview question and inclusion? ›

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.

Why is building an inclusive community is 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.

How can you contribute to an inclusive environment? ›

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

What does it mean to have a diverse and inclusive community? ›

A Welcoming and Inclusive Community is a community where its citizens and members feel safe, respected, and comfortable in being themselves and expressing all aspects of their identities. It is a place where each person shares a sense of belonging with its other members.

What makes a diverse 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.

How do you promote diversity? ›

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. [
22 Aug 2022

How do you answer what does diversity mean to you? ›

I believe that diversity means representation across a wide range of traits, backgrounds, and experiences. When we can connect and engage with coworkers with different perspectives than our own, we can more successfully achieve our overall goals. Inclusion refers to a sense of belonging in any environment.

How do you value and respect diversity and inclusiveness across all areas of your work? ›

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

What is a good diversity interview question? ›

Describe a time where a project or decision you made was enhanced by including diverse perspectives. 2) Working with people from different backgrounds or cultures can present challenges. Describe a time where differences in background made communication challenging. How did you handle this situation?

Why community leaders should strive to build diverse and inclusive spaces answer? ›

Inclusiveness isn't just nice to have on teams. Our research shows that it directly enhances performance. Teams with inclusive leaders are 17% more likely to report that they are high performing, 20% more likely to say they make high-quality decisions, and 29% more likely to report behaving collaboratively.

How do you create a culturally inclusive environment? ›

A culturally inclusive environment requires mutual respect, effective relationships, clear communication, explicit understandings about expectations and critical self-reflection. In an inclusive environment, people of all cultural orientations can: freely express who they are, their own opinions and points of view.

How do you build culture in the workplace? ›

Best Practices for an Engaging Work Culture
  1. Set Clear Departmental Goals. ...
  2. Promote the Organization's Goals. ...
  3. Promote Diversity and Inclusivity. ...
  4. Allow for Humor. ...
  5. Prioritize Respect. ...
  6. Establish a Strict Zero Tolerance. ...
  7. Create an Employee Recognition Program. ...
  8. Be Flexible.

What is the purpose of 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 diversity and inclusion and why is it important? ›

D&I allows organizations to be more inclusive of different ideas, cultures and lifestyles, leading to improved company culture. It also puts companies in the position to hire the best employees from a diverse and often untapped candidate pool while increasing customer satisfaction with their services.

What is a good sentence for diversity? ›

Examples of diversity in a Sentence

— Science, 26 Nov. 2004 The island has more diversity in plant life than other islands nearby. The city is known for its cultural diversity. The school aims for diversity in its student population.

What is inclusive community engagement? ›

Inclusive community engagement recognises that everyone has a role to play in public engagement. It provides people with opportunities to participate by reducing barriers, creating connections and engaging in meaningful and supportive ways.

What does engaging diversity mean? ›

Engaging Diversity means respecting, appreciating and valuing these differences. Recognizing Equity in organizational life means that we have an understanding of the social power dynamics that are in play relative to the intersectional differences that human beings bring with them into the workplace.

How can we help minority groups? ›

A guide to how you can support marginalized communities
  1. Offer support and comfort. ...
  2. Do your research. ...
  3. Ask questions when needed. ...
  4. Brush up on history. ...
  5. Influence people in your own group. ...
  6. Teach your children. ...
  7. Own up to your mistakes. ...
  8. Acknowledge your privilege.
30 May 2020

What is an example of diversity in a community? ›

Examples of diversity include gender, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic, age, cultural, religious, and political diversity. Today, diversity is highly valued because it strengthens social groups. It strengthens a workplace because it casts a wide net of viewpoints to ensure the widest range of consumers will be targeted.

How does diversity strengthen your community? ›

Diversity helps you get a broader customer voice

Not only will an accepting community make people more comfortable to join the group, it will elevate the discussion quality, allowing you to learn more; thus helping the client/customer increase their own satisfaction.

Why is diversity important in a community? ›

A diverse environment has multiple benefits for personal development. Outside of becoming accepting and more aware of other cultures, it can help smash previously held stereotypes. Diversity and inclusion breed productivity as the ability to learn and grow from each other is exponentially expanded.

Why is it important to promote equality and diversity? ›

Promoting equality and respecting diversity help to ensure that people are valued and have the same access to all opportunities whatever their differences. The Act also provides protection for individuals who experience discrimination by association with someone who has a protected characteristic.

How can Organisations promote and maintain equality and diversity? ›

There are many approaches an organisation can take including: producing and circulating an Equality and Diversity policy to everyone. creating an Equal Opportunity policy, setting targets and devising an action plan. running training courses for employees and managers in equality and diversity.

How do you promote equality diversity and inclusion in health and social care? ›

Provide person-centered care and work in a non-judgemental manner. Employees should be encouraged to value diversity and respect the attributes that make people different. Care plans should be personalised to reflect the likes, dislikes, personal history and beliefs of each individual.

How do you embrace diversity in society? ›

5 Ways to Embrace Diversity
  1. Read broadly. Beautifully written prose allows us to step into someone's shoes, even if only momentarily. ...
  2. Choose media wisely. With web surfing and media streaming, the world is just a click away. ...
  3. Lend a hand. ...
  4. Try something new. ...
  5. Challenge stereotypes. ...
  6. More on Embracing Diversity:
19 Feb 2019

How do you promote inclusion in day to day life? ›

  1. 7 Ways to Be More Inclusive in Your Everyday Life. ...
  2. 1 / Mindful communication: listen more, talk carefully. ...
  3. 2 / Challenge stereotypes. ...
  4. 3 / Avoid assumptions. ...
  5. 4 / Ask yourself and others (the right) questions. ...
  6. 5 / Be aware of your privileges. ...
  7. 6 / Be proactive in educating yourself on the topic.
25 Jul 2019

How do you drive an inclusive culture? ›

Creating an inclusive culture
  1. Listen. To improve an organization's culture, understanding of the current state of the culture should be gathered. ...
  2. Provide action. Post “listening” phase, form a plan of how to tackle what you have heard. ...
  3. Value all input. ...
  4. Form two-way communication between leaders and all employees.
6 Jun 2019

What strategies have you used to respond to diversity challenges? ›

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 inclusion means to you? ›

Inclusion is seen as a universal human right. The aim of inclusion is to embrace all people irrespective of race, gender, disability, medical or other need. It is about giving equal access and opportunities and getting rid of discrimination and intolerance (removal of barriers). It affects all aspects of public life.

What does inclusion mean to you interview question? ›

Finally, inclusion means that everyone feels involved, respected, and embedded in the culture, like they belong and can be their whole self. It's very important to me that everyone I work with feels safe, accepted, and valued and has an equal opportunity to grow and succeed.”

How can you contribute to a community that values diversity and inclusion? ›

Ways to promote 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.
21 Jun 2022

How can you promote inclusion in your community? ›

Five ways to make society more inclusive
  1. Create inclusive classrooms. ...
  2. Design accessible communities. ...
  3. Make workplaces inclusive. ...
  4. Increase disability representation and leadership in media, politics and business. ...
  5. Actively engage with your community members with disabilities.
25 Sept 2017

How do you help diverse members of a team work together and value their differences? ›

How can I Assist my Team to Value Diversity?
  1. Treat others with respect and consideration;
  2. Work to build an environment in which everyone can fully participate;
  3. Are open-minded - Listen and respond to views of others;
  4. Contribute ideas and draw on the skills, knowledge and background of each person;

How do you answer a question in diversity and inclusion? ›

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.

How do you answer Diversity Equity and inclusion? ›

Sample Answer:

“Diversity, Equity and Inclusion means recognizing difference and respecting all colleagues, regardless of their backgrounds. Equity is giving each person the tools they need for success, depending on their needs, and inclusion is to provide a sense of belonging in the workplace.”

How can I contribute to diversity and inclusion in college? ›

How to Promote Cultural Diversity and Awareness On Campus
  1. Setting the tone. ...
  2. Degrees of education. ...
  3. Make diversity awareness activities a party. ...
  4. Diversity Awareness Training & Teachable moments. ...
  5. Promote diversity awareness with artistic exposure.
8 Mar 2017

How do you value and respect diversity and inclusiveness across all areas of your work? ›

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

What does it mean to have a diverse and inclusive community? ›

A Welcoming and Inclusive Community is a community where its citizens and members feel safe, respected, and comfortable in being themselves and expressing all aspects of their identities. It is a place where each person shares a sense of belonging with its other members.

How do you promote cultural diversity? ›

Program public spaces with educational and cultural activities that celebrate diverse cultures. Programs that offer educational experiences related to the history or the environment of a particular place have been shown to be effective in bringing people together.

How do I bring diversity? ›

Bring diversity & inclusion to your day-to-day
  1. Create safe spaces to come together, listen and ask questions. ...
  2. Consider the diversity of work groups and committees. ...
  3. Broaden your horizon. ...
  4. Visit the Science Museum of Minnesota. ...
  5. Assume good intent, listen and ask questions.

How do you embrace diversity in society? ›

5 Ways to Embrace Diversity
  1. Read broadly. Beautifully written prose allows us to step into someone's shoes, even if only momentarily. ...
  2. Choose media wisely. With web surfing and media streaming, the world is just a click away. ...
  3. Lend a hand. ...
  4. Try something new. ...
  5. Challenge stereotypes. ...
  6. More on Embracing Diversity:
19 Feb 2019

How do you drive an inclusive culture? ›

Creating an inclusive culture
  1. Listen. To improve an organization's culture, understanding of the current state of the culture should be gathered. ...
  2. Provide action. Post “listening” phase, form a plan of how to tackle what you have heard. ...
  3. Value all input. ...
  4. Form two-way communication between leaders and all employees.
6 Jun 2019

What are the 7 pillars of inclusion? ›

About 7 Pillars of Inclusion
  • Access.
  • Attitude.
  • Choice.
  • Partnerships.
  • Communication.
  • Policy.
  • Opportunities.

What suggestions do you have to improve diversity equality and inclusion? ›

9 Proven Strategies to Improve Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Your Workplace
  • Identify DEIB as a strategic priority. ...
  • Conduct pay equity reviews. ...
  • Recruit and promote from a diverse POV. ...
  • Create a robust mentorship program. ...
  • Consistently train and engage employees on DEIB. ...
  • Make sure benefits and programs are inclusive.
22 Jun 2021

Why is diversity and inclusion important in society? ›

Having diversity and inclusion will improve the balance of opinions, views in any setting. A well-balanced world will accept different opinions and reduce fears towards differences. A well-balanced world can also improve the average cultural competency in the society.

How do you become a welcoming community? ›

Here are a few ways your community can become a more welcoming one:
  1. Start by listening. ...
  2. Create “Do It Together” opportunities. ...
  3. Build a community-wide Welcoming agenda. ...
  4. Institutionalize efforts in local government. ...
  5. Become Certified Welcoming.

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