While it’s imperative that D&I efforts are supported by the CEO and actively engages leaders, one cannot discount the impact of employee involvement.
Engaging employees at all levels is the most effective way to reach critical mass and communicate the import of diveristy and inclusion.
Robin Pedrelli is the co-founder and partner of Vision Spring, Inc. is a WBENC certified, women owned and operated diversity and inclusion consulting firm offering fully integrated strategy development, workforce planning, training and continuous learning solutions to leverage diversity and inclusion to drive innovation and improved business outcomes.
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In this section, we offer the basics for learning about and taking the first steps in designing an inclusive classroom and/or teaching multicultural awareness to your students.
Diversity can be conceptualized in different ways depending on the context.An outline provides a map of where to go with the essay.A well-developed outline will show what the thesis of the essay is, what the main idea of each body paragraph is, and the evidence/support that will be offered in each paragraph to substantiate the main points.This is not a one-step process, but, whether you are incorporating diverse perspectives into your course content or teaching students about cultural differences, you want to ensure your classroom is welcoming and you’ve created a respectful, safe environment.Our inclusive classroom section offers some resources on where to start.When it comes to our classrooms, we conceptualize diversity as understanding each student brings unique experiences, strengths, and ideas to our classroom.These differences can be along dimensions of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, socio-economic status, age, ability, religious or political beliefs, or other different ideologies.Thesis In this example, the Roman numerals I, II, and III are each of the body paragraphs that will appear in the essay.Next to each Roman numeral is the central idea behind each paragraph and how it relates to the essay’s main point (or thesis).Notice all that the above outline accomplishes: The main ideas/paragraphs of the essay have been grouped into an order that makes sense; the main idea behind each paragraph is identified along with the support that will be offered. Now the writer can simply follow the outline and turn each idea into a paragraph by expanding on the details that are present.While creating an outline such as this will take a small amount of time, the time put into creating this outline should result in saving even more time during the writing phase.