There is a quote that President/CEO of The FutureWork Institute, Margaret Regan, recently used when explaining the difference between diversity and inclusion.
“Diversity is being invited to the party. Inclusion is being asked to dance.”
This quote stuck with me while it was being used during some recent focus groups I helped conduct with my colleagues at The FutureWork Institute. I noticed the instant reaction the quote garnered from the focus group participants and knew that not only was it heard, but it was well received.
As a professional millennial within the world of equity and inclusion, it is important for me, and others, to continue to advocate for a more inclusive culture within education and corporate America. Recent election results helped open our eyes to the very harsh reality we kept swept under the rug for far too long……yes racism is still alive and thriving in our beautiful “land of the free and home of the brave”. School segregation continues to increase despite the growing number of minority or biracial children, and many people of color still feel subtly excluded within the workplace.