A culturally diverse board does not just happen, it takes time and commitment to supporting diversity and inclusiveness throughout the organization.
Organizations should begin by assessing their levels of cultural competency, diversity and inclusiveness. Various tools are available to help understand their current state and ways they can work towards a more inclusive future.
A truly inclusive board understands the community it serves and has defined clear diversity goals. A culturally diverse board does not just happen, it takes time and commitment to supporting diversity and inclusiveness throughout the organization.
Our organizations may be committed to being open and inclusive, but our hiring practices may still include hidden or unhidden biases, including everything from how we advertise job opportunities, to how we rank qualifications and to our interview questions. Take the time to review.
No workplace is inclusive simply because it’s diverse. Organizations need to support a work environment that has a commitment to inclusion, open communication, and where everyone has, and is aware of, a role.
Developing an inclusion policy is an important step for organizations that are ready to acknowledge their commitment, build understanding among stakeholders and help ensure all organizational practices adhere to inclusion.
Learning from other cultures broadens our minds and builds new possibilities. Everyone should be paying attention to the various cultures in their communities…it helps us as individuals and helps build organizations that can face the global challenges of the future.
While it can be challenging, engaging culturally diverse groups involves being welcoming, meeting on their turf, building new communication channels, listening to identity preferences and trying more than once.
Racism affects everyone. It is important for everyone to understand the issues, be able to identify it when they see it, deepen personal awareness, learn to accept and celebrate cultural differences and step up to stop racism when it appears.
Evaluation is an important step in any organizational plan. It is helpful to understand our successes and identify ways we can improve going forward.