Diversity is a fact — Inclusion is an act
The terminology of diversity and inclusion can be confusing. Many use these terms interchangeably. To clarify, Verna Myers, Vice President of inclusion strategy at Netflix, said, “Diversity is being invited to the party; inclusion is being asked to dance.”
Diversity is often defined as involving people from a range of various backgrounds and can include different genders, races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, ages, social classes, physical ability, religions, political beliefs, marital status, interests, opinions, and more. The elements of diversity describe what is fact. Embracing diversity is to respect, appreciate, and value the differences in each other.
Inclusion focuses on acts, efforts, and practices that we implement to help everyone feel accepted and welcomed. You can gather a diverse group of people where many do not feel included. Basically, diversity is involving people from various backgrounds, and inclusion is when we create practices that help people feel accepted and encouraged to engage and contribute.
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