Diversity and Inclusion: Plans for Diversity in Green 2.0

Creating diverse, inclusive environments is a demanding practice. It asks people to be uncomfortable as we create new and unfamiliar ways of relating and working together. Through improvscience workshops, we develop the capacity of individuals and organizations to create inclusive, flexible and collaborative ways of working that build on the differences within and across groups. These day-to-day communication skills are crucial to the process of creating inclusive environments.

Dr. Raquell Holmes of improvscience designs and manages diversity and inclusion programs. She says, "It is wonderful to see increased public visibility to what we know programs and organizations need to do to improve diversity." 

This includes the diversity report by Dr. Dulceta E. Taylor of University of Michigan. She wrote "The State of Diversity in Environmental Organizations: Mainstream NGOs, Foundations & Government Agencies." The summary and access to the final report can be found at http://diversegreen.org/report/. She identifies three pillars the Government's strategic plan for diversity and inclusion as well as factors for successful initiatives. 

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The three pillars are:

1. Workforce Diversity. Recruit from a diverse, qualified group of potential applicants to secure a high-performing workforce drawn from all segments of American society.

2. Workplace Inclusion. Cultivate a culture that encourages collaboration, flexibility, and fairness to enable individuals to contribute to their full potential and further retention.

3. Sustainability. Develop structures and strategies to equip leaders with the ability to manage diversity, be accountable, measure results, refine approaches on the basis of such data, and institutionalize a culture of inclusion. 

 

Factors that Make Diversity Initiatives Successful

1. Adequate and stable funding.

2. Adequate and committed leadership.

3. Adequate organizational buy-in.

4. Ability to communicate across race, class, gender, and cultural lines.

5. Institutionalizing diversity, equity, inclusion goals.

6. Translate diversity training into action.

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Dr. Taylor provides an excellent description of the characteristics and needs for creating diverse and inclusive environments. improvscience, through developing your performance and improvisation skills, helps you build and put into practice efforts for inclusion and diversity.
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