Diversity and inclusion. After all these decades, the words are more prevalent but the picture is worse.
Ten years ago almost to the moment, I went in to my son’s room to make sure he was up for school. He was 10 and had just started 5th grade. This meant he’d just started embracing pre-teen practices; for example, a clock radio set to the local Colorado station whose DJs provided a continual flow of crass jokes and innuendo into young people’s waking brains.
“You better get out of bed, sweetheart,” I said. “You don’t want to be late.”
“Hey, Mom? An airplane just crashed into the World Trade Center,” said Jacob.
“Art urges voyages,” wrote poet Gwendolyn Brooks, “and it is easier to stay at home….”
Cuba and Beyond is a collection of four exhibits now at the Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center in Pueblo, Colorado. Whether your personal voyage would be to explore cultural identities, to venture into the world of the transcultural – that complex merging and converging of cultures – or simply to travel the distance to Pueblo, Cuba and Beyond is worth your effort.
Someone with deep interest in diversity and inclusion, but who doesn’t work directly in the field, recently posed a question. He’d found this sentence in a brief history of equal employment opportunity, diversity and inclusion (D&I): “With each of [several historical] iterations, the concept of EEO moved from a reactive, exclusively legalistic model to a more proactive, business-driven paradigm.”
His question: “‘Proactive business-driven paradigm.’ That’s quite a statement. I wonder what it means?”
His comment reminded me once again how easy it is to fall into jargon. Those of us in the culture (in this case, of D&I) don’t even realize we’re in it till we’re out of it. It’s that fish in water thing.