Diversity can have many definitions. Organizations often define it in the context of their culture. Generally speaking, diversity refers to the qualities, experiences, and work behaviors that make individuals unique. This includes age, gender, race, religion, ethnicity, disabilities, income, etc. It can also touch upon federal, state, and local equal employment opportunity laws, but…that’s for another post.
If diversity deals with those aspects that make individuals unique, inclusion is the ability for organizations to make every person feel welcome, respected, supported, and valued. At this year’s WorkHuman Conference, I heard a quote from Verna Myers that explains it well,