Statement on DiversityAs a white person, I find that my lens is skewed by a position of privilege. I have found that I must continue to educate myself and be open to learning about what fosters equity and visibility on behalf of diverse peoples.
Diversity and inclusion are not static concepts, but rather a continuum, a Mobius strip. We must acknowledge where we are on the path, acknowledge where we have been and always look to where we want to be and move the needle, every day, in that direction.
Neil Gaiman’s May, 2012 Commencement speech to the University of the Arts graduating class summed it up perfectly, though he was referring to a different sort of goal, his words can still be a mantra for leading us toward a new norm of diversity and inclusion: And I knew that as long as I kept walking towards the mountain I would be all right. And when I truly was not sure what to do, I could stop, and think about whether it was taking me towards or away from the mountain. [Source]
It behooves us all to keep this statement in mind as we ask ourselves: In what ways can we change the culture in order to embody the kind of community that will be seen as truly welcoming and engaging? How can we evolve to embrace viewpoints that both represent and stretch our beliefs around inclusion?
No one can do all of the heavy lifting solo, but educating ourselves about the subtle and not-so-subtle ways in which biases are left unchallenged, must continuously be expanded upon and made part of the fabric of our society. People can’t grow and thrive where there is no light, where there is no room. We have to make room.