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Diversity Leaders Participate in the Movement Powered by Humanity: The Year of Altruism

Posted by: Nika White on Friday, October 11, 2013
Diversity and inclusion management is a challenging mandate in a highly competitive, global marketplace where many organizations are trying to reflect diverse America. Working in this capacity requires one to think critically, challenge current beliefs and mindsets, carefully frame conversations to get to the crux of the matter, and build trust when views diverge. Diversity practitioners are responsible for shaping the organizational culture to foster acceptance and inclusion. Organizations desiring to have high performing teams must value inclusion and be intentional about leveraging diversity. A mentor who also works in the space of inclusion, shared with me that about five years in one role is often considered the length of time appropriate before diversity practitioners consider moving on to the next opportunity. If within those five years a diversity professional has not made people feel uncomfortable by challenging their mindsets for the right purpose, he/she is probably not being effective in implementing change or they are highly effective, but in the process frustrated a number of people. I’m hopeful that my time at the Chamber will prove to be effective and if that requires challenging others to step outside their comfort zone to creatively problem solve and become more open minded, that’s an assignment I embrace. Diversity leaders are change champions and in order for change to take place, you must be willing to accept some level of frustration. Diversity practitioners must persevere until change succeeds. Change is a hard concept for many. The change process requires strong people acumen, thick skin and the belief that people are coming from a place of positive intent (regardless if it is true or not). August 2013 to June 2014 has been designated as the Year of Altruism in the Upstate of SC; a movement powered by humanity. Altruism defines unselfish regard for or devotion to the welfare of others. When I think about inclusion, the definition of altruism aligns nicely. The best commitment diversity leaders can make to the movement of altruism is to continue to be a change champion; a person at any level of an organization who is skilled at initiating, facilitating, and implementing change. Specifically, the change that should occur is to help people recognize how inclusion and acceptance is an unselfish act that shows compassion and immeasurable capacity for good. The mission of the Year of Altruism is to encourage and celebrate altruism in thought, speech, and deed, focusing the community on fostering acts of kindness in its organizations and individuals, thus creating a better future, one life at a time. Join the Greenville Chamber and approximately 80 other organizations in this movement powered by humanity. Here is how:
  • Attend special events and lectures
  • Sign up as a participating organization
  • Participate in volunteer and community events
  • Donate time, talents and treasures
  • Spread the word about the Movement
To learn more visit Learn more about CAPACITY, Greenville Chamber’s Diversity and Inclusion Initiative Follow CAPACITY on Twitter Like CAPACITY on Facebook Check out the CAPACITY YouTube Channel


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