Inclusivity - State of belonging and interdependence that arises when every individual is accepted as an equal and valued member of the community; includes the removal of barriers to allow for full participation.
Carleton University Equity Services (2017). Anti-racism definitions.
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Promoting inclusivity, "Creates an atmosphere in which all people feel valued and respected and have access to the same opportunities."
Riordan, C.M. (2014). Diversity is useless without inclusivity.
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What does an inclusive community look like?
An inclusive community:
- Respects all of its citizens, ensuring full access to resources, and promoting equal treatment and opportunity.
- Works to eliminate all forms of discrimination.
- Engages all its citizens in decision-making processes that affect their lives.
- Values diversity.
- Responds quickly to racist and other discriminating incidents.
tool box (2016). Cultural competence in a multicultural world.
Section 11: Building inclusive communities. Retrieved May 8, 2017 from
How to take safe and purposeful action
Language: Consider or examine the language you use on a daily basis and seek inclusivity in communication. Avoid words or expressions that may exclude certain groups or individuals.
Consider your Environment: Assess your physical space and consider how inclusive it is. Consider showing images of a diverse range of individuals that match the make-up of your community. If you work in the field of childcare, consider having multicultural crayons, books/stories, and diverse toys for use. For a list of multicultural books and toys visit: www.weclomehere.ca
Planning and Development: Include a diverse range of individuals (age, gender, ethno-cultural diversity, etc.) in policy or program planning. Diversity of thought brings in fresh perspectives and improved innovation.
Learn how to build an inclusive community: http://ctb.ku.edu/en/table-of-contents/culture/cultural-competence/inclusive-communities/main
A tool-kit for community organization in becoming more equitable, diverse, and inclusive: http://www.ohcc-ccso.ca/en/inclusive-community-organizations-a-tool-kit
A multitude of inclusion resources from inclusion basics, self-assessments, inclusive language, and strategies for collaboration: http://inclusiveschools.org/inclusion-resources/
Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition has developed a tool-kit to assist organizations in becoming more equitable, diverse, and inclusive: http://www.ohcc-ccso.ca/en/inclusive-community-organizations-a-tool-kit