Speaker: Jebeh Edmunds
Tagline: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” with Jebeh Edmunds

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Date: 18/05/2023

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In this webinar, diversity, and inclusion consultant, Jebeh Edmunds elucidated the often misunderstood concepts of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Providing clarity on these vital business pillars, Edmunds detailed the significance of prioritizing DEI, not just in recruitment processes but also in creating sustainable, inclusive business environments.

The webinar kicked off with a discussion on equity vs. equality, where Edmunds established that while equality implies offering everyone the same resources, equity involves understanding and providing what each individual needs to succeed. Edmunds highlighted the importance of acknowledging the historical and societal inequalities that many individuals face, making the goal to level the playing field by providing those individuals with the resources and opportunities they need to excel.

One of the key factors underlined by Edmunds was the role of inclusivity in fostering a supportive, respectful workplace. She emphasized that every team member’s voice is important and needs to be heard. By creating an environment where diverse ideas are valued, organizations can cultivate a culture of inclusion that encourages innovation, enriches employee experience, and results in a higher level of productivity.

An engaging part of the conversation revolved around the practice of “tokenism” and the detrimental effects it could have. Edmunds explained that while hiring diverse candidates is important, it is equally crucial to ensure that it doesn’t reduce to merely ticking a box. Employees shouldn’t feel they’re present merely as symbolic gestures of diversity; instead, they should be valued for their individual contributions.

The conversation took a practical turn when Edmunds explored strategies for fostering inclusivity. She highlighted the importance of understanding and respecting employees’ cultural identities, including correctly pronouncing names, recognizing cultural practices, and respecting dietary preferences. By acknowledging and embracing these cultural identities, businesses can encourage employees to bring their full, authentic selves to work.

In addition to this, Edmunds stressed the significance of the workplace’s physical space in promoting inclusivity. She proposed implementing safe spaces for employees of all backgrounds and walks of life, like a quiet room for prayer, mother’s rooms for privacy, or inclusive bathrooms. The aim is to ensure that employees don’t have to leave their identity at the door when they step into work, fostering a deeper sense of belonging.

Toward the end of the discussion, Edmunds provided valuable resources for organizations looking to enhance their understanding of DEI. She recommended “The Diversity Gap” by Bethany Wilkinson and Harvard Business Review’s top ten articles on diversity, alongside her upcoming digital course focused on cultural competency in the workplace.

In conclusion, Edmunds emphasized the need for consistency in implementing DEI strategies, and most importantly, holding everyone accountable. Companies that prioritize DEI are not just cultivating a healthy work environment but are also building a strong, innovative team that’s capable of driving success in today’s diverse world. The key lies in focusing on the details, asking the right questions, and above all, being open to learning and growing.

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