Diversity and Inclusion
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) defines diversity as “the collective mixture of differences and similarities that includes for example, individual and organizational characteristics, values, beliefs, experiences, backgrounds, preferences, and behaviors.” Increasingly, Diversity initiatives have broadened to become inclusive in nature. SHRM defines inclusion as “the achievement of a work environment in which all individuals are treated fairly and respectfully, have equal access to opportunities and resources, and can contribute fully to the organization’s success.”
Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) has evolved from focusing on workforce classification and reporting tasks to having a strategic approach in which Diversity & Inclusion is an integral part of an organization’s overall Strategic Plan. SHRM visualizes diversity management as “the comprehensive organizational and managerial process for leveraging diversity and achieving inclusion that maximizes the potential of all employees.”
To access general information about Diversity and Inclusion, visit SHRM’s Diversity Home page, including signing up for SHRM’s Diversity E-Newsletter; by clicking here. Here you can get articles, web casts and many other great sources of information.
For SHRM Diversity Resources for Chapter and State Volunteers, you can access the Diversity area in the Core Leadership Area Volunteer Resources section by clicking here. There you can look at SHRM’s annual Diversity Goals, dates for Diversity CLA conference Calls and Webcasts, position descriptions for State and Chapter Diversity positions, an extensive Volunteer Tool Kit and much more.
Eric C. Peterson, MSOD is SHRM’s Manager of Diversity & Inclusion. He can be reached at Eric.Peterson@shrm.org . Eric and Dr. Shirley A. Davis, who is SHRM’s Director of Diversity and Inclusion, can help answer questions regarding SHRM Headquarter resources as well as the annual SHRM Diversity and Inclusion Conference & Exposition.
The HR Florida State Council’s Diversity Chair is Cindy J. Lau-Evans. She can be reached through email@example.com or you can call her at 305-237-0288. Cindy is available to help you with ideas for chapter programming and accessing resources. Cindy may also be available to conduct diversity presentations for your chapters.