Since the workplace began, diversity has been a controversial subject. On opposite ends of the conversation are those who strongly believe affirmative action is an answer and others who are fearful their jobs are being stolen.
What is diversity? The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines it as:
“The condition of having or being composed of differing elements:VARIETY. Especially: the inclusion of different types of people (such as people of different races or cultures) in a group or organization.”
It’s important to understand by this definition, diversity is more than just the color of a person’s skin. Diversity can include gender, sexual orientation, beliefs and much more.
“The concept of diversity means acceptance and respect for all individuals,” Abbie Fink, of HMA Public Relations, said in her blog titled Become A Diversity Advisor for Your Organization.
In her post, Fink recognizes the importance of including diverse audiences in imagery messages — particularly people with physical and mental abilities. “Diverse groups wield great influence and spending power,” Fink said.
However, this discussion desperately needs to continue. The bottom line is that the representation of diverse people in messages alone is simply not enough. The inclusion of people from diverse groups needs to extend into the messaging process.
How do you define diversity?