Inclusion “is a core element for successfully achieving diversity. Inclusion is achieved by nurturing the climate and culture of the institution through professional development, education, policy, and practice. The objective is creating a climate that fosters belonging, respect, and value for all and encourages engagement and connection throughout the institution and community.”
[Source: Association of American Medical Colleges]
Every now and then, the words diversity and inclusiveness are used interchangeably. They have two different meanings though.
Diversity is about having a variety of individuals whose unique attributes and different viewpoints are valued.
Inclusiveness relates to what we do with that diversity. Inclusiveness means attracting NOSM faculty, researchers, learners, and staff with different backgrounds, cultures, and languages. It means nurturing a supportive, respectful, collaborative environment which ensures each individual feels like they belong.
Every individual deserves the kindness and respect of inclusion. As we actively work towards an inclusive environment for everyone, we need to provide equal access to opportunities where we all thrive.
Some signs of inclusion are:
- Treating each other with respect.
- Having an equal opportunity to collaborate on learning or team projects.
- Providing equitable support to all NOSM faculty, researchers, learners, and staff.
- Recognizing how biases affect our behaviour.
- Advocating for diversity and inclusion initiatives.
- Encouraging colleagues to share their voice.
- Actively listening to one another.
"For good ideas and true innovation, you need human interaction, conflict, argument, debate.”
– Margaret Heffernan, entrepreneur, author and speaker
"I respect the difference."
Sheila Renton, NOSM Staff Member