don’t make diversity a strategic priority. There remain organiza-tions
that talk about diversity and have yet to walk the walk in this
regard. Many organizations have great diversity optics – and in
practice, diverse team members may feel far from included.
True diversity is not measured in numbers; it is also about in-clusion.
A diverse team can still have members experiencing
marginalization or alienation in the workplace – if their impor-tant
holidays are not respected, key cultural values or traditions
are subject to jokes or micro-aggressions or office norms and em-ployee
policies are unchangingly heteronormative.
Inclusion is an important key component in the diversity discus-sion,
and you will find this issue of HR Professional chock-full of
research and discussion from top thought-leaders and academics
on the topic. I hope you enjoy this issue – and I hope that together,
one step at a time, we can all help make our organizations inclusive
for everyone. Let’s keep the learning and conversation going. n
Karen Stone, CHRE, is chair of the Human Resources Professionals
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