Broaden Your Understanding of DEI

Published on August 24, 2021 by Autumn Rise Foundation, Inc. in ARF Blogs


If you are in the fight for inclusion, you also must partake in the fight for a diverse and inclusive workforce for people of different religious backgrounds, for accessibility for those who are not able-bodied and accommodations for those who are not neurotypical.




Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion usually is discussed through the lens of the person who is experiencing injustice in the workplace. For example, women will speak out on injustices as it pertains to women, and members of the LGBTQ community tend to speak out on injustices surrounding sexual orientation and/or gender identity in the workplace. Though it is important to fight for causes that you identify with and hold dear to yourself. It’s also important to keep the fight just as ferociously for others as well.


History has shown time and time again that there is power in numbers; this means allies are important. If you are in the fight for inclusion, you also must partake in the fight for a diverse and inclusive workforce for people of different religious backgrounds, for accessibility for those who are not able-bodied and accommodations for those who are not neurotypical. It will be difficult to support every cause all the time, but it is important to stand with the cause and show solidarity in any way you know how.


When I look at worldly events, the most common injustices at the forefront are those targeting people of color, women, or people of the LGBTQ community. These are hard long fights, but the fights for religious freedom and rightful accommodations are just as long and hard. The fight becomes longer, with the fewer resources and allies people have to stand with their cause. Change can happen rapidly, but we must be willing to involve ourselves in matters that do not affect ourselves exclusively. DEI applies to everyone in one way or another and we can all benefit from the training. Seek out a DEI training this week.


Written by: Michelle Koduah, CMO

Autumn Rise Foundation, Inc.


 

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