“The first step toward change is awareness. The second is acceptance.” – Nathaniel Branden
This TED Talk by Tanvi Gautam is a great example of how societal norms distort the definition of inclusion for all of us. Conforming to the norm does not make one feel accepted. Asking everyone else conform to your norm makes everyone feel uncomfortable. Is there a synergy that is possible when we strive to find a middle ground between the two extremes?
Disclusion takes on many forms. It is not only based on obvious factors as what you look like (race) or what you sound like (national origin), it is also based on how much money you have (inability to attend certain schools) or even your personality (perception of introverts as standoffish).
Do you have your own inclusion story to share?