Diversity and Inclusion Should Be Prioritized at Workplaces

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When seeking out employment, choosing a diverse and inclusive workplace has always been important to me.

It is important to note that diversity and inclusion are similar but different practices. Diversity is the representation of people of different backgrounds and classifications (race, ethnicity, sex, parenting status, abilities, etc.). Inclusion is the practice of making everyone within an organization feel a sense of belonging. While diversity is the first step in a representative workplace, inclusion is of utmost importance to truly achieve healthy representation.

While one can tell the diversity of an organization from who the staff comprises, inclusivity is a bit more difficult to discern. However, it is not impossible to learn about an organization's inclusivity, or lack thereof, prior to employment.

What Do Diversity & Inclusion Translate Into?

During the interview process, there could very well be interactions and practices mentioned that might give a sense of whether an organization is inclusive. You can also do some research online and reach out to other employees (former and current) to help inform your decision.

At my workplace, the staff is diverse. For example, aside from one, all staff are people of color. We practice different religions, and in addition to English, most of us speak a foreign language. Notably, our diversity is not merely tolerated; our differences are welcomed and celebrated, which makes our organization feel like a safe place for me, a Latina mom.

Our staff is reflective of our work and the world we work toward. I think that is an important characteristic that other organizations and workplaces should adopt in order to gain credibility and trust among communities and clients with whom they serve and work.

Tags: BIPOC, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

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Jacqueline Hernandez Lewis

Jackie is a wife and mom of two boys. Recently, she made a career transition from attorney to work-from-home communication... See Full Bio

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