October is a time to celebrate different cultures, races, and ethnicities in our community. With National Diversity Week starting from October 1-7 it’s important to spread awareness and honor the value of what each individual person has to offer.
Since this national event was founded in 1998, it has helped shine a light on the diverse groups of people in the world around us and highlight their different perspectives.
Diversity is important from several different angles. From a social justice perspective, it is important to address the barriers that have led to unequal opportunities for people of color, both historically and currently. From an organizational perspective, businesses that reflect the diversity in the communities they serve will be stronger and more effective.
This week is also a time to have an open discussion about the biases and stereotypes presented in our society so that we can work to break down these barriers. Being open to listen and learn about the diversity that surrounds you every day can give you insight and create mutual respect across cultures.
When you work to understand someone else in your workplace, classroom, or community, it brings us all closer together. We encourage you to speak to other people with cultures that differ from your own, watch videos about diversity, or read educational books.
If you want to learn more about National Diversity Week, you can check out some of these helpful resources.
Defining Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Online Resources for Diverse Children’s Literature
From The Inside Out: Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging | TedTalk