1. the behaviors and beliefs characteristic of a particular group of people, as a social, ethnic, professional or age group.
2. the shared beliefs, behaviors or social environment connected with a particular aspect of society.
Building and fostering inclusion is central to workplace diversity. And by keeping diverse employees and team members engaged, leveraging their skill sets and sharing their ideas, you'll create a sense of belonging and bolster your team dynamic. To help our community of meetings professionals foster a diverse, inclusive and equitable workplace, this month's Education Essentials will share how to cultivate diversity and inclusion, build belonging on your teams, understand what it means to be an ally and more.
Systemic Racism – What Do You Know About It?
While we are witnessing an increase in the dialogue about systemic racism, there is still much more building awareness to be done. What is your understanding of systemic racism? Do you know the difference between being “not racist” versus being “anti-racist?” Find these answers and more in this video with Susannah Frances, CMP, Senior Event Planner, Sun Life and Elizabeth Charles, M.Ed., who has extensive experience in the field of People, Culture and Equity.
How to Cultivate Diversity and Inclusion at Your Company
There are countless ways you can invest in diversity and inclusion. In this article, you'll find 50+ ideas for investing in D&I, regardless of your headcount, budget and bandwidth. Build momentum with small initiatives such as starting a "Guys jar" as a friendly reminder against unnecessary gendered language in the office, creating a D&I channel in your company's communication tool, celebrating holidays and events for underrepresented groups like Black History Month, Juneteenth and Pride, and abandoning terms with racial connotations.
When considering how to support D&I at an employee level, consider these tips, which include understanding the diversity goals and vision of your organization, participating in employee engagement surveys honestly, becoming culturally competent, welcoming ideas that are different from your own and committing to continuous improvement.
From TheNetwork: Navigating Challenging Situations and Conversations with Ease
Check out the presentation slides from the 2020 FICP Winter Symposium session with Barbara Kay, MA, LPC, RCC on navigating challenging conversations. You'll find information on how humans process information, top mistakes in tough conversations and how to communicate productively.
How to Be an Ally
In this Business Insider article, Khalil Smith, Vice President of Research, Consulting, and Practices at the NeuroLeadership Institute shares best practices for offering allyship and support for Black coworkers. Among his tips is to avoid assuming someone's experience and instead asking them questions to understand that they may be experiencing a tough time working due to the current social and political climate, and that today's issues are not "new," as they may appear to be for some non-Black Americans.
Not sure where to begin when it comes to talking about race? Start here for tools and guidance to empower your journey and inspire conversation.
Inclusion Starts With I
#InclusionStartsWithI is a discussion around the importance of a positive, inclusive work environment. Starring a group of Accenture people, this video demonstrates that bias can appear in both expected and unexpected ways—and that each of us has the power to make a difference.
#TBT - Promote Inclusion Within Your Sphere of Influence - Kendall C. Wright
During FICP's Education Week earlier this year, this FICP Short with Kendall C. Wright of Pope Consulting invites us to adopt the mindset of a gracious host to create a culture of inclusivity.
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