When I began Diversity training, I was often asked whether this was a topic we really needed in our environment here in the Turks and Caicos. YES! An awareness of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is essential in all business environments.
Often people mistake diversity training for being only about race, whereas diversity relates to any types of differences we may have. Diversity is simply who is in the room. Each room will have differences. These differences can range from age, ability, generation, culture, nationality, religion, education, social class etc. Simply having a diverse staff will not bring you gains you are hoping for. You must be willing to embrace the diversity within your team and create an inclusive environment for that team. Equity is an essential piece to creating an inclusive environment.
In 2022 Fortis TCI embarked on a journey to provide Diversity, Equity and Inclusion training to their entire staff. Yesterday, I had a great session with their staff in North Caicos. It was filled with great learning, great discussion and a few 'ah-ha moments.'
Yolande Robinson, M.Ed.