May 26, 2022 •
Diversity – It’s Not Just About Race and Gender | May 2022 Compliance Now
I have a confession to make…When I first heard the term “diversity” I immediately thought about the word only in terms of how it relates to race and gender. While these identifiers do encompass a huge role when we talk about diversity, race and gender are only a fraction of the many factors that go into making a person the unique individual they are.
Political ideology, education, family background, health, and religious affiliation are just a few examples of the ways an individual’s thinking, outlook, and perspective can be shaped. I use myself as exhibit A: I’m a registered Independent, who is college-educated and was raised by a single mother. I have a pre-existing condition and though I was raised Baptist, I am currently non-practicing. All of these factors make up the diverse person you know (or now know) as Gamble Hayden – my true, authentic self!
The next time you think about diversity, whether it be within your personal or professional spaces, I would like for you to consider the following:
- Do I recognize the value in and importance of having diverse voices as part of the conversation?
- Am I encouraging (and empowering) others to “show up” as their authentic selves?
- What is one change that I will make TODAY to embrace a unique someone?
It is one thing to say that we value diversity, but it’s a whole other thing to truly “walk the talk”! I encourage you to take that next step – I know you can do it!
What are you doing today to help create change within your organization?
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