Many only see inclusive leaders in their adult life, but the ideals and foundation of an inclusive mindset indeed starts as an adolescent. Compassion comes from the Latin word Compati which means, “to suffer with.” Compassion for others can be fostered throughout childhood and must be nurtured throughout a child’s formative years of education. To help create an equal and unbiased society, we must cultivate young leaders to be compassionate which will lead to an enhanced awareness of personal preferences, and biases. It is through compassion development that creates the inclusive leaders of the workplace today.
Diversity in Corporate Culture
Many corporate leaders are standing up and stating their commitment to improving workplace diversity. Deloitte US, PwC, and Accenture all took pledges to support inclusion internally and across their industries. This has even sparked college universities and public schools into making their own pledges to create inclusive environments.
In 2017, the group that created the CEO pledge also created a Check Your Blind Spots Tour. This tour was positioned to raise students’ awareness of unconscious bias and empower these individuals to engage in an inclusion dialogue. This tour visited various universities and allowed students to engage in different activities helping individuals more readily identify their own “blind spots”. These students watched videos, took different tests, and were provided content that shows the importance of being aware of your unconscious biases.
Parents also need to be engaged and become aware of their child’s school attempts to create inclusive learning environments. Many believe that our world is shrinking because of our global society and global interconnectedness. If our youth are exposed to diverse and inclusive ideas as part of classroom curriculum, they will be better equipped to explore the social injustices of our society and improve their overall critical thinking skills. Now, students can begin thinking about inclusion as a child all the way to their higher education experience. This student awareness will be paramount when entering the job force in America to better understand our global society in the 21st century.
If you are a parent, it is essential for you to understand why teaching your children to value diversity and understand the social realities of difference in our society is important. The key to this understanding begins with teaching compassion. The key to compassion is tuning in to the nature of suffering to understand it in the depths of our being, and to see clearly into its source, but equally important is to be committed to relieve suffering and to rejoice in the possibility of the alleviation of suffering for all. Be involved with your child’s experience in diversity knowledge in order to lead us to a better society as a whole.