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#StrengthInUs: Five Ways to Encourage Inclusion in Your Workplace

Posted on Thu, Feb 1 2018 9:00 am by Ruben Vazquez, YWCA Vice President of Racial Justice and Public Policy

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What does the decision-making team look like in your office? Does it benefit from a wide variety of perspectives and viewpoints from those of diverse backgrounds and experiences? How do you inspire diversity in shared opinions and viewpoints? Is there room for improvement?

Celebrating Black History Month

During Black History Month specifically, and throughout the year, we celebrate African Americans and their historical contributions. At the same time, we also reflect on our community’s continuing evolution in diversity and inclusion, such as St. Paul’s recent election of its first African-American Mayor.

This month, we encourage you to take a look at social justice at all levels, specifically in your workplace.

Here are a few tips on how to encourage inclusion in your professional life and workplace throughout Black History Month and all year long.

Five Ways to Encourage Inclusion in Your Workplace

1. ENSURE diverse representation (race, gender, ability, etc.) in decision-making

2. HOST or attend a workshop on equity and inclusion

3. EXPAND your network and inner circle

4. TAKE the Implicit Bias Association or Intercultural Development Inventory assessment

5. VOLUNTEER or give financially to a community organization working to advance diversity and inclusion

Share Your Journey Toward a Fully Inclusive Community

YWCA Minneapolis stands for a fully inclusive community. For more than 125 years (founded in 1891) we have worked to create opportunities to overcome social injustice, particularly in matters of gender and race. And we invite you to stand with us.

As you take action toward equity and inclusion at your workplace, let us know! Use the hashtag #StrengthInUs to inform and inspire others with the positive change happening in your organization.