Why Value Diversity and Inclusion?
Diversity represents those human qualities that are different from our own and outside of the groups to which we personally belong. Diversity incorporates the primary characteristics of race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, disability, or sexual orientation. Diversity dimensions also include educational background, geographic location, parental status, military experience, and social, economic and political acculturation. Diversity encompasses all that makes us unique; including the diversity of thought and perspective that accompanies our identity.
By being aware of our unique characteristics, understanding how to better interact among ourselves, and respecting the unique qualities and talents that others possess - - leads to productive inclusion within our workplace. Inclusion is a culture that connects each employee to our organization; encourages collaboration, flexibility, and fairness; maximizes diversity to empower all individuals to participate and contribute their full potential.
The difficult economic environment, changes in local demographics, and increased demand for innovation and efficiency present challenges for current and future human resources needs. A diverse and inclusive work force can best meet these challenges.