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09 Jun 2016

Diversity Without Inclusion Misses the Point

Maya Salah quotes Vernā Myers in her article on Diversity and Inclusion:

How does an organization that is invested in diversity of gender, race, age and sexuality make its mark?

June 8, 2016

Minnesota ranks as one of the best places to live in the U.S. for quality of life, with a strong economy and a thriving job market. Historically, it has been a racially homogenous state. The influx of immigrants of color as well as Minnesota’s residents of color demands that Minnesota engage in meaningful inclusion in the workplace.

How does an organization that is invested in diversity of gender, race, age and sexuality make its mark? Diversity must translate to creating inclusion and a work environment that does not exclude difference.

Diversity encompasses the breadth and depth of human difference. Inclusion is valuing, respecting and supporting those differences and harnessing them to cultivate human talent. Attorney and diversity consultant Verna Myers distinguishes between diversity and inclusion, saying “diversity is being invited to the party, and inclusion is being asked to dance.”