From Conversation to Action for an Inclusive Environment
Organizations don’t change, people do.
To be a truly inclusive company means your employees feel like they can bring their whole and best selves to work every day. They feel like they not only contribute but that they are wanted and that they belong. As leaders, it is important that we are not only engaged in inclusive conversations but are also moving from conversation to action that improves outcomes for all. In this roundtable, Dr. Gayle Juneau-Butler shares specific examples, key questions to ask, a shift in language and other tools to guide leaders to a place to start and continue creating an environment of inclusion.
In the roundtable and the discussion, Gayle challenged leaders to think about their decision-making table (hiring, curriculum decisions, operations, etc.) and reevaluate to make sure that there are representations from all demographics that they employ and serve. She also asked leaders how they’re cultivating a sense of belonging.
- What are our facilities, campus/buildings communications, activities and behaviors saying to our diverse populations?
- Do our diverse teachers, staff, administrators and students feel as if they belong? How do I know?
- Do I feel as though my organization’s culture is experienced similarly for teachers, staff, administration or students from different populations? If not, how does it differ?
- What can you commit to doing next to create a more inclusive environment for colleagues of your organization?
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