Thursday, March 13, 2014

Diversity and Inclusion on a Budget – Ebook

With today’s top diversity story focusing on a small community college getting headlines over a “no white people allowed” social event, I was happy to run into this book, Diversity and Inclusion on a Budget. Some people still aren’t getting it about diversity (the school’s diversity officer came up with the idea of the exclusive party). But these authors get it, and have something important to share:

Diversity and Inclusion on a Budget: How to have a more engaged and innovative workforce with little or no dollars, by Evelina Silveira with Jill Walters.
This results-driven ebook offers affordable tips, tricks and links to get your diversity and inclusion strategy implemented, ongoing and successful.

“Need some inexpensive ways to integrate diversity, inclusivity and accessibility in your organization? Diversity and Inclusion on a Budget gave me some great tips and tools to help build organizational commitment on our diversity journey.”

~Mary Ryan, Manager Community Resources / Diversity & Inclusivity, Southlake Regional Health Centre, Newmarket, Ontario.

“If you think you don’t have the resources, money or time to make your organization inclusive, you need to read this book. The tips, and advice presented here demonstrate how even organizations that have “no” budget for diversity can make immediate changes. It's also a great book for any individual who wants to know what they can do to make a difference in their workplace.

~Simma Lieberman, “The Inclusionist”, Simma Lieberman and Associates

“The Diversity and Inclusion on a Budget workbook is a valuable resource filled with practical, ready-to-use information ideal for any NFP wanting to get up to speed with AODA legislation or to advance diversity and inclusion practices. No more excuses! The initiatives outlined in this book can be carried out with little or no cost.”

~Frances Ruffolo, Manager, Knowledge Exchange, Children's Mental Health Ontario

“Diversity and Inclusion on a Budget brings together a large number of great resources in one handy place. By focusing broadly on diversity of all types, the authors have created a helpful guide for any size organization.”

~Elizabeth Goldman, CEO, Perth & District Union Library

“Changes that are transformational are often small and simple. And they are often free or very low cost. Diversity and Inclusion on a Budget is just right for those who want simple, inexpensive actions that even the smallest business can do.”

~Dr. Linda Manning, Intercultural Economist, Transforming Hidden Talent into High Performance

Here's a link where you can learn more. sk


No kidding, a college diversity officer decided a white's only party was the ticket for learning to get along with others:

"The event was focused around an effort ” to “build support and community” for people of color.
“If you want to create space for white folks to meet and work on racism, white supremacy, and white privilege to better our campus community and yourselves, please feel free to do just that,” stated an email which was sent out to 300 employees.
Students at the college expressed their bewilderment at why a “diversity” event would specifically exclude people of a certain race.
“This….contradicts the message they’re trying to send, don’t judge people based on their color but they’re judging white people because they’re white” said one student.
College spokeswoman Kellie Purce Braseth said the exclusion was “not condoned” by the school, adding, “If you want to come you should be able to come, that just makes a richer conversation.”
However, despite being forced to apologize, Karama Blackhorn, program coordinator for the school’s Diversity and Equity Center, who helped write the invitation, seemingly doubled down.?

Read more in today's issue of Diversity News Online.  Or take a look here -- 

Good reading. Susan

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