Inclusion – What Is It

By: Kelly Elton

Inclusion…just what is inclusion. The Office for Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement defines inclusion as “The term inclusion is used to describe the active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity — in people, in the curriculum, in the co-curriculum, and in communities (e.g. intellectual, social, cultural, geographic) with which individuals might connect (web: Sept. 27, 2019).” Inclusion brings about diversity. It brings about tolerance and acceptance. To exclude certain sub groups from access to education, social opportunities, and employment is to segregate. Yes, sometimes inclusion in education or employment is hard because your changing thought processes, it requires intentional thought, it may require extra work but as Microsoft discovered, “The diversity of our workforce and inclusion of talented people from different backgrounds is the fuel that keeps the engines of innovation and growth running. This is essential to our long-term success. In order to build the best products for everyone, we need to have a diverse and inclusive workforce across all abilities.”

What can you do in your life to bring about diversity, to include individuals with disabilities in your school, work or place of worship? If you are not actively doing something to create inclusion, then ask yourself why are you afraid of being around others not like yourself.To learn more about providing a more inclusive transition plan for students, contact Venture Bound.