Book of the Month
The Inclusion Dividend:
Why Investing in Diversity & Inclusion Pays Off
By Mark Kaplan & Mason Donovan
Publication Date: May 21, 2013
In today’s increasingly diverse, global, interconnected business world, diversity and inclusion (D&I) is no longer just “the right thing to do”; it is a core leadership competency and central to the success of business. Working effectively across differences such as gender, culture, generational, race, and sexual orientation not only leads to a more productive, innovative corporate culture, but also to a better engagement with customers and clients.
The Inclusion Dividend provides a framework to tap the bottom line impact that results from an inclusive culture. Most leaders have the intent to be inclusive; however, translating that intent into a truly inclusive outcome with employees, customers, and other stakeholders requires a focused change effort. The authors explain that challenge and provide straightforward advice on how to achieve the kind of meritocracy that will result in a tangible dividend and move companies ahead of their competition.
Department of Health and Human Services
Administration on Aging(now part of the Administration for Community Living)
May is Older Americans Month
Unleash the Power of Age
Every year since 1963, May has been a month to appreciate and celebrate the vitality and aspirations of older adults and their contributions to our communities. The theme for Older Americans Month 2013, Unleash the Power of Age, has never been more fitting. Older Americans are productive, active, and influential members of society, sharing essential talents, wisdom, and life experience with their families, friends, and neighbors. This year, think about what your organization can do to help Unleash the Power of Age. Giving our elders opportunities to volunteer their time to support those who are less fortunate, to teach others the skills they’ve honed over the years, or to become involved in civic matters are just a few ways you can Unleash the Power of Age. Help our older Americans stay positive, active, and looking forward.
Women's Health Info SiteWomen's Health Education Program
This site is a resource for tips and tools for excellence in care for women. It is dedicated to happenings at the Women's Health Education Program of Drexel University College of Medicine. WHEP's programming includes innovative education of health professionals, community outreach, community participatory research and networking with like-minded people interested in overcoming gender health disparities.
Office of Minority Health: Think Cultural Health
Think Cultural Health (TCH) is dedicated to advancing health equity at every point of contact. With growing concerns about health inequities and the need for health care systems to reach increasingly diverse patient populations, cultural competence has become more and more a matter of national concern.
Think Cultural Health is the flagship initiative of the OMH Center for Linguistic and Cultural Competence in Health Care. The goal of Think Cultural Health is to Advance Health Equity at Every Point of Contact through the development and promotion of culturally and linguistically appropriate services.
Think–Speak–Act Cultural Health: Part 1
First NBA Player to Come Out as a Gay Man
Recently the nation was in the grip of the Jason Collins story – the first major professional sports figure openly identifying as gay. Since Sports Illustrated first broke the story, comments and sentiments have come from sports personalities, scholars, community activists, clergy, and many others across the nation. The LGBTQ component of diversity and inclusion is becoming a fundamental part of how we are thinking about difference in the workplace and beyond. Jason Collins is not the only person in the sports world who is other than ‘straight,’ and applauding him for courageously revealing his personal story to others makes good sense. Collins undoubtedly will be remembered for his single act of courage – yet his actions alone will not disarm prejudiced behaviors. Perhaps on some level it will bring more attention to the countless opportunities each of us has to engage diversity both privately and within our workspace. At Duke University, the Office for Institutional Equity provides a range of dynamic educational workshops. These sessions are designed to deal with major learning opportunities that increase our level of understanding – particularly learning more about the different cultures that exist in our work environment(s). Stories like Jason Collins's will allow us to enhance unique competencies at Duke by reminding our community that difference matters: whether the discussion is about sexual orientation, socioeconomic differences, age, or gender, thinking more deeply about the world we live in and the multiple dimensions of diversity to be discovered therein is critically important. We invite you to take a few moments to learn more about the Jason Collins story by reading articles like this and this and by accessing the video footage above.