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Thoughts on diversity vs inclusion

04/22/2021 2:17 PM | Pete Vanderpool (Administrator)

I think we should stop celebrating diversity. Remove it from conversations, discussions, and arguments. We are beating the topic to death.

I think we should focus instead on inclusion. Inclusion is not the opposite of diversity, but we have promoted diversity for so long it looks like it is. Diversity is used to describe people to whom we have assigned types and categories.

Let’s look at example to describe what I’m talking about.

You have gone shopping at the grocery store. You have purchased peas, corn, green beans, potatoes, and meat. This represents diversity. The items are all different, totally independent of each other.

You take them home and put them all in a pot with some water and herbs. After a while, you serve up a delicious stew. The flavor is excellent, the consistency is perfect, and the family is well fed. Great results. What you have done is turn diversity into inclusion. The results are harmonious and useful.

The end product of the discussions of diversity is like taking the veggies home and putting them in the refrigerator. They don’t do anybody any good while they sit in there, diversified.

Discussions of inclusion have the potential of creating something substantial, meaningful, and helpful. Let’s move up to the next level.

I'm Pete Vanderpool and that's My Educated Guess.


  • 04/28/2021 7:05 PM | Mark Vanderpool
    I agree. Diversity is not the opposite of inclusion. Exclusion is the opposite of inclusion. The questions, to my mind, are who gets to decide what does and doesn't go into the soup, who's welcome at the table, and does everyone get an equal share of both the credit and the resulting soup?
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    • 05/04/2021 12:16 PM | Pete Vanderpool (Administrator)
      Your insight adds flavor to the meal. Thank you for comment.
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