Symplicity Accommodate Clients Take a Proactive Stance on Diversity and Inclusion
A handful of Symplicity Accommodate clients have shown their commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive learning environment by signing The CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ pledge. This CEO-driven business commitment is intended to advance diversity and inclusion and is motivated by the fact that change starts at the top.
CEOs from Lehigh University, William and Mary, University on Nebraska – Lincoln, University of Northern Iowa, Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County have all signed the pledge. It outlines specific actions that the colleges and universities will take to create a trusting environment, openly share ideas, and empower employees and students to discuss diversity and inclusion.
The CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ pledge commits to three initial goals:
- We will continue to make our workplaces trusting places to have complex, and sometimes difficult, conversations about diversity and inclusion: We will create and maintain environments, platforms, and forums where our people feel comfortable reaching out to their colleagues to gain greater awareness of each other’s experiences and perspectives. By encouraging an ongoing dialogue and not tolerating any incongruence with these values of openness, we are building trust, encouraging compassion and open-mindedness, and reinforcing our commitment to a culture of inclusivity.
- We will implement and expand unconscious bias education: Experts tell us that we all have unconscious biases — that is human nature. Unconscious bias education enables individuals to begin recognizing, acknowledging, and therefore minimizing any potential blind spots he or she might have, but wasn’t aware of previously. We will commit to rolling out and/or expanding unconscious bias education within our companies in the form that best fits our specific culture and business. By helping our employees recognize and minimize their blind spots, we aim to facilitate more open and honest conversations. Additionally, we will make non-proprietary unconscious bias education modules available to others free of charge.
- We will share best—and unsuccessful—practices: Each of our companies has established programs and initiatives around diversity and inclusion. Yet, we know that many companies are still developing their strategies. We will commit to helping other companies evolve and enhance their current diversity strategies and encourage them, in turn, to share their successes and challenges with others.
As with all causes, there are ongoing objectives, these three goals are a good starting point to open the conversation for further discussion. By signing this pledge higher education institutions are ensuring that all people can be their best selves in their careers or classrooms. Diverse environments promote creativity, economic growth, and higher quality decisions.
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