Understanding D&I: connecting through stories

If you are here, you have been following my journey through #DEI. I’ve learned a lot about myself these past 6 months. I have a LONG way to go. There’s a lot of unlearning I still need to do. I’ve been on this earth for almost 50 years (yikes). I’ve been told for most of those years that you don’t “notice” gender, race, disability. After all, we were told that what Dr. King really meant by his famous quote

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.

was that we need to judge everyone equally. But here’s the thing: we can’t. We like to believe that everyone has the same opportunities in the US, but we don’t. We can’t. We don’t all have the same abilities. We also don’t all have the same access. And we all have bias. Fortunately, we have some control over our biases – once we choose to recognize them and work towards something new.

And DEI is daunting. We think of it in terms of “initiatives” and “goals” and something that “leadership” needs to work on. It’s not something that we can do in the trenches. Well, last spring, I finally heard the presentation I’ve been waiting for from Kellie Wagner at #HRRedefined19 with Namely. She shared a few things that we all can do and she was wonderful enough to allow me to share them (which is one of the things I love about this community and why I want to give credit where due).

I shared first at #WFHR19 in Grand Forks and I hope to share it again. But if you aren’t able to hear Kellie in person or me, I hope you will enjoy this write up of how easy Inclusion can be. Thank you to HRD for sharing my thoughts!

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