Diversity and Inclusion Are *Not* the Same Thing


Diversity: Is a numbers game; Sometimes phrased as: The ‘Right’ thing to do; A Business priority that leads to competitive advantages; An absolute priority that leads to strategic value; Focused traditionally on reducing biases and increasing representation; Is the range of human differences, including but not limited to: race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, social class, physical ability or attributes, religious or ethical values systems, national origin, and political beliefs.  Inclusion: Is about impact; Must be cultivated; Celebrates the uniqueness of the individual;  Accepts and integrates values, thoughts & experiences into the organization and its decision-making structures; Is involvement and empowerment, where the inherent worth and dignity of all people are recognized. An inclusive organization promotes and sustains a sense of belonging. It values and practices respect for the talents, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of living of its members.