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Our world today is more connected than ever. Through the internet, travel and professional opportunities, we are exposed to a wider variety of people, cultures, and perspectives than ever before in history. For many employees, lack of experience or exposure to different points of view can create confusion, barriers, and even conflict in the workplace. These can lead to communication and actions that, intentional or not, may be discriminatory to other employees.
What is DEI?
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is structured around a functional understanding of employee’s identities and how to safely and effectively navigate that diversity within your organization. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are structured on building awareness, and establishing the policies and practices to support those diverse employees to feel safe and included. Those policies and practices are designed to create the foundational respect and communication standards needed for all employees to know they have a voice.
What is Implicit Bias?
When we begin to discuss DEI awareness and training, the concept of Implicit Bias is always attached. When we consider Implicit Bias, we need to know that it is nothing more than our evaluations or beliefs. However, when we consider implicit bias in relation to diversity, equity and inclusion, we need to understand how those unconscious biases can have an impact on our decisions, perceptions, and actions. These can be from incorrect assumptions and stereotypes that we have unconsciously developed.
Prejudice & Microaggressions
As we consider diversity, equity and inclusion, the word “Prejudice” is often used as a term to apply to barriers and challenges that may be present in the workplace. A Prejudice is a preconceived judgment, opinion, or attitude which is directed toward a certain group of people. It is the foundation for a set of attitudes which then supports, causes or justifies discrimination.
DEI Learning Tactics
As Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion becomes more established in your organization, we want to understand additional ways we can overcome barriers and challenges that may be experienced. As an employee, you have the right to a safe environment and the responsibility to speak up when you witness any form of discrimination.