How important are Diversity and Inclusion as essentials to our organization?
First, I will give you the brief meaning of Diversity and Inclusion and the difference between these two words to each other and why they are both essential to our councils and to our jurisdiction.
DIVERSITY refers to the traits and characters that make people unique while INCLUSION refers to the behaviours and social norms that ensure people feel welcome.
Many times I have already tackled diversity and now I want to discuss to all of you how important it is to promote Inclusion in every council here in Saskatchewan. For example, when a book covers many different ideas and subjects, it is an example of the inclusion of many ideas. So it is very simple that when multiple people are all invited to be part of one council, this is also an example of the inclusion of many different people. Because of the achievement of the environment in which all individuals are treated fairly and respectfully, they have equal access to opportunities and resources and they can contribute fully to our organization’s success.
Here are some benefits of promoting inclusion to every council.
- Brother Knights can develop meaningful friendships.
- The appreciation will increase and will have the acceptance of individual differences.
- It will also increase the understanding and acceptance of diversity.
- Respect for all people.
- It prepares the new members for an inclusive society.
- Will have opportunities for more activities by practicing and teaching others.
- All knights’ needs are better met and greater resources for everyone.
Here are some of the diversity and inclusion best practices to help a council in a better way.
- Always make a member feel important.
- Be an Emphatic Leader.
- Always remember that inclusion is a continuous process.
- Make better connections.
- Help individuals thrive.
- And always understand your purpose.
Here are some ways to promote inclusion to a council.
- Learn about your members’ needs, get to know each member by one on one talks.
- Always make the physical environment accessible to anyone. Use the right tools. A physical environment that is somehow “off-limits” to some of your members will make it impossible for those members to learn or feel welcome.
- View each member as an individual. Instead of fixating on the things your members cannot do, focus on your members’ abilities and individual accomplishments.
- Avoid assumptions. Mean spirited assumptions aren’t the only hazardous ones to watch out for. In fact, well-intended assumptions can be just as damaging and might be harder to prevent. Be cautious every time.
- Watch your tongue. Language is important when creating the right attitude. Use languages that affirm the identity of each member while avoiding language that is considered derogatory.
- Guide members’ behaviour. As leaders, you just guide members in your council. Encourage a positive and cooperative attitude among all members.
- And lastly, work to involve everyone in your council’s activities.
“Racism is not merely one sin among many. It is a radical evil that divides the human family and denies the new creation of a redeemed world. To struggle against it demands an equally radical transformation, in our own minds and hearts as well as in the structure of our society” ………U.S. Catholic Bishops, 1979
We are born a man. We are born to become a Knight.
We are born to protect our Catholic Faith. We are born to defend people in need……….This is the Knights of Columbus; this is our legacy.