Did you know that April is Diversity Month? As we continue to celebrate diversity, we recognize other cultures’ contributions to society and embrace the beauty of different backgrounds and traditions. Diversity refers to a variety of things or people. It is also the practice of including individuals from other social and ethnic backgrounds in our communities and workplaces.
We understand the concept, and most of us want to help advance Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I) in our lives or at work. Some ways are fun, like traveling to another country and immersing ourselves in the culture, food, language, celebrations, and traditions. However, it takes proactive thinking to embrace and promote diversity in our communities.
Here are seven ways to promote DE&I in your life and workplace:
|Personal life||Workplace||How Quartz Celebrates DE&I|
|Learn about different cultures and traditions.||Include diversity in your work model.||Quartz created a DE&I Statement that says we respect and value the unique insights, perspectives, and cultural backgrounds of all employees, members, and our community.|
|Participate in diverse cultural events.||Evaluate diversity in your workforce.||Quartz is analyzing its internal DE&I efforts.|
|Become a diversity ally.||Create a company culture that welcomes diversity.||Quartz has a DE&I Change Team that focuses on internal communications, diversity training, and the promotion of cultural diversity.|
|Include diversity into your group of friends.||Promote diverse thinking.||Quartz provides many trainings to learn about cultural differences. For example, Quartz’s Diversity Matters Course.|
|Challenge stereotypes.||Implement anti-discriminatory policies.||Quartz doesn’t discriminate against members or employees based on race, ethnicity, color, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, or religion.|
|Understand your own unconscious bias.||Eliminate bias from hiring/promoting processes.||Quartz raised awareness about implicit bias with hiring managers and provided strategies for making objective hiring decisions.|
|Use inclusive language when talking to other people.||Use inclusive language in all company communications.||At Quartz, employees learn to use preferred gender pronouns when communicating with co-workers and members.|
“We may have different religions, different languages, different colored skin, but we all belong to one human race.” — Kofi Annan, 2001 Nobel Peace Prize
Diversity benefits us all. It drives innovation and creativity. Also, encouraging learning from different perspectives leads to better problem-solving skills. Diversity has given us amazing discoveries. Here are some examples:
- African Americans
- Refrigerated Trucks. Invented by Frederick McKinley Jones in 1940.
- The Three-Light Traffic Light. Invented by Garrett Morgan in 1923.
- Asian Americans
- Universal Serial Bus (USB). Invented by Ajay Bhatt in the 1990s.
- Functional Cure for HIV-Positive Infants. Katherine Luzuriaga, M.D. in 2014.
- Color TV. Invented by Guillermo Gonzalez Camarena in 1940.
- Wireless Phone. Invented by Roberto Landell de Moura in 1895.
- Native Americans
- Syringes or Hypodermic Needles. In pre-Columbian times, South American Indians used sharpened hollow bird bones attached to small bladders to inject medicine.
- Baby Bottles and Formula. Using similar technology, the Seneca used washed, dried, and oiled bear intestines with a bird quill attached as a nipple. Mothers filled them with a mixture of pounded nuts, meat, and water.
One final thought, when we embrace diversity, we are stronger. When we listen and learn from each other, we open our minds to a world of infinite possibilities. It is up to us to enhance our communities and workplaces with creativity and innovation to make the world a better place. Visit our DE&I page to read more about our initiatives and resources.