Diversity refers to difference. As such, diversity is a property of groups, not individuals. Diversity refers to cultivating talent... An individual cannot be diverse, but groups of individuals (e.g., the scientific research workforce) can possess diversity.
Inclusion is a call to action within the workforce that means actively involving every employee’s ideas, knowledge, perspectives, approaches, and styles to maximize business success.
Inclusion is a state of being valued, respected and supported. It’s about focusing on the needs of every individual and ensuring the right conditions are in place for each person to achieve his or her full potential. Inclusion should be reflected in an organization’s culture, practices and relationships that are in place to support a diverse workforce.
Diversity and inclusion work together managers make staff decisions based on fairness.
Diversity of experiences and viewpoints helps companies better navigate the rough times
More viewpoints leads to more ideas, increasing organizations' creativity and bettering their solutions
Companies without diverse staff often make embarrassing mistakes
Stereotypes are characteristics ascribed to groups of people involving gender, race, national origin and other factors. These characteristics tend to be oversimplifications of the groups involved, however.
Microaggressions are intentional or unintentional slights - based on cultural/gender/age stereotypes - that serve to invalidate the group identity of target persons, demean them on a personal or group level, or otherwise communicate that they are lesser human beings.
Most jobs are found through networking,
not job listings
Most recruiters & HR depts look to the same places. (No imagination, lowest perceived risk/reward ratio)
Looking only for "Culture Fit"
Stereotyping of candidates
Social Media: Some good, mostly bad and ugly
Better to know a company doesn't hire your "type" rather than waste your cycles trying to get hired by them
Wish List: Color-blind hiring (Blendoor)
Are you changing your career path? Did you have a big employment gap due to family illness or raising your child?
TELL YOUR STORY. Getting hired is all about effectively telling your story.
Know the differences between:
Not being in the "In" Crowd that hangs out after work.
Company culture based on beer & pizza
Management valuing the opinions and promoting only certain types of employees
Mirrors the issues seen in hiring and retention
You might be the only one of your "type" in the room
The movement to ensure diversity of panelists and speakers
If you see non-inclusive actions/practices happening where you work, speak up about it to your manager, human resources,
or "The Boss"
Actively recruit diverse candidates (from your networks, schools you've attended, conferences) to apply for jobs where you work.
Volunteer with programs that promote tech skills/knowledge among girls, women, and underrepresented minority groups
Agree to be a panelist at a conference only if the diversity level of both the panel and conference meet your minimum requirements.
Create a business card which does some networking for you