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IT STARTS...By Promoting Inclusivity

​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. 

Source:  Carleton University Equity Services (2017).  Anti-racism definitions.  Retrieved May 5, 2017 from https://carleton.ca/equity/human-rights/racism/anti-racism-definitions/

Promoting inclusivity, "Creates an atmosphere in which all people feel valued and respected and have access to the same opportunities." 

Source:  Riordan, C.M. (2014).  Diversity is useless without inclusivity.  Retrieved May 4, 2017 from https://hbr.org/2014/06/diversity-is-useless-without-inclusivity

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.

Source: Community tool box (2016).   Cultural competence in a multicultural world.  Section 11:  Building inclusive communities.  Retrieved May 8, 2017 from http://ctb.ku.edu/en/table-of-contents/culture/cultural-competence/inclusive-communities/main

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. 

Resources

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