Ways to Be Inclusive

Be InclusiveThere are many ways that you can “be the change” throughout the community.  The Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities offers these suggestions and invites you to create your own:

 

At Home

  • Evaluate the cultural diversity reflected in your home’s artwork, music, and literature. Add something new.
  • Point our stereotypes and cultural misinformation depicted in popular culture and media to your friends and family members.
  • Gather information about local volunteer opportunities, and let your family members select a group project.
  • Read books focused on diversity issues as a family and have designated times for discussions.

At Work

  • Organize a meeting or lunch forum on topics of diverse cultural and social interest.
  • Ensure that your workplace complies with the accessibility requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • Establish an internal procedure for employees to report incidents of harassment or discrimination.
  • Partner with local schools and encourage your colleagues to serve as tutors or mentors.

At School

  • Donate multicultural books, films, magazines, and other materials to school libraries.
  • Start a pen pal program. Get students in touch with people in different parts of the community, country or world.
  • Research and work with local schools to develop a curriculum that reflects the diversity of the community.
  • Support guest speakers and class trips that expose students to diversity backgrounds and perspectives.

At Worship

  • Note how your faith addresses issues of inclusion and justice, and make sure your actions align with these ideals.
  • Work with other members of your congregation to welcome people of different ethnic, cultural, and economic backgrounds.
  • Identify ways to make your place of worship fully accessible for people with disabilities.
  • Volunteer to support the community outreach activities of your place of worship.

In the Community

  • Participate in a mentoring program
  • Speak up when you hear slurs, see discriminatory images, or receive hate propaganda. Let others know that bias is always unacceptable.
  • Write a letter to the editor challenging bias in reporting or insensitivity in language.
  • Advocate on behalf of legislation and local initiatives that support inclusion of all people.

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