If you’re going into leadership, you have to be fearless, you have to be willing to take a risk. —Dr. Candy McCorkle
On Today’s Episode:
- Carla talks with Dr. Candy McCorkle, vice president of Diversity and Inclusion at Western Michigan University
- The important distinctions between diversity, inclusion, equality and equity
- Key behaviors of a truly inclusive organization:
- Recognizing everyone counts
- Understanding the gaps in how different people engage
- Education of staff
- Intentionality of changing behaviors
- Advice to those getting ready to step into the uncomfortable
- Where leaders get tripped up in diversity and inclusion initiatives
Carla’s conversation with Dr. McCorkle is eye-opening and has real insights to help change organizations. I hope the concrete examples and steps to get started are helpful for you and your organizations to explore a path to a more inclusive and equitable environment.
Perhaps the biggest takeaway from today’s episode is that the words “diversity,” “inclusion,” “equity,” and “equality” are often interchanged, though these words, while related, are not interchangeable and mean vastly different things.
You can reach out to Dr. McCorkle via this page if you desire more information regarding diversity and inclusion. If you have any questions, comments or requests for me, feel free to drop me a line, email me direct via firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet me @ronkitchens.
Question: What do you see as the biggest obstacle standing in the way of becoming more diverse, inclusive and equitable?