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Inclusion Insights May 2017

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, May 30, 2017
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May 31, 2017

Can You Teach Diversity and Inclusion?

The short answer is yes, but training alone is not enough. Kellye Whitney writes in this Chief Learning Officer article that creating a diverse and inclusive organization is a culture transformation project requiring a growth mindset. But don’t get overwhelmed; read this article for ideas and inspiration on tackling this multidimensional issue in your community.

Foundation Board of Trustees Commissions Groundbreaking Diversity Study

This is an exciting time for the LeadingAge North Carolina Foundation, as a re-energized board of trustees looks at the things that can be truly important for our field and marshals resources to come up with solutions. We’re happy to announce that the Foundation is partnering with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler School of Business to do a national study of why diverse populations choose to move to CCRCs – or choose not to.
Our field THINKS we know why diverse populations don’t come to our communities in any significant numbers. What we’ve found out is that our thinking is purely anecdotal…and there is no research out there that can inform our attempt to reach out.

The diversity study represents our first attempt at being a transformational leader within the field by choosing a topic that’s important not just to our members but to aging services providers across the nation.

A little about the study itself. The overarching purpose of the proposed study is to gather strategic information which potentially can be used in advertising and marketing to attract more African Americans to CCRCs. The primary goal is to better understand African American perceptions, opinions, and knowledge about living options and the range of services that CCRCs offer. We will do this by conducting six focus groups with a purposeful sample of African American professionals. In addition, we will conduct structured interviews with eight African American couples and individuals currently living in CCRCs in North Carolina. It’s the first step in what will be a comprehensive look at the topic that will hopefully lead us to development of a specific tool kit for member communities. We’re involving a number of people in the design and execution including the Medical Care Commission, LeadingAge national, and other states for feedback, comment and participation. We hope to complete the study by year-end.

Your Biases are Holding You Back

This North Carolina Chamber newsletter article cites research about the impact of our biases on how we work and learn. Click here to read these articles and for information on the NC Chamber’s first ever Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Conference. This important event will take place June 15 at the Sheraton Imperial in Durham. This conference will cover many of the important issues you have told us you are tackling: recruiting for diversity, fostering a culture of inclusion, evaluating diversity and inclusion initiatives using proper metrics, understanding unconscious bias and more. Our staff will be in attendance and we hope to see you there.


Registration Information: First click on this link, then click on ‘Register or Sponsor,’ which will take you to the registration page. If you are a LeadingAge North Carolina member, you qualify for a special rate. If you select ‘Supporting Organization Member Ticket, Diversity & Inclusion (2017)’, you will receive the reduced registration (Chamber member) rate. Please contact our office if you have any questions.

Making Elder Homes More LGBT Friendly

This article was authored by Beth Baker for Next Avenue, and shared by LeadingAge national. Understanding what to do to make your community inclusive for LGBT residents may take time. Read this article to learn more about the two-year journey of a community in New York to become more culturally competent for its LGBT residents. After initial resistance among some staff and residents, the training is resulting in slow progress for a more inclusive community.

We’ve Gotten Better at Diversity. Now the Challenge is Inclusion.: Washington Post

The dean of Harvard Business School humbly admits that, despite being a member of a racial minority, he has inadvertently behaved in ways that made other people feel unwelcome. This article encourages us to open our eyes to our own blind spots and take small steps toward inclusivity.

Apple Hires First VP of Diversity: Fortune

Cultivating a diverse and inclusive workplace is a challenge for all kinds of organizations. This brief article highlights a recent move by Apple to alter the reporting structure for its newly hired Inclusion and Diversity officer. Be sure to check out the link to Apple’s diversity page that may be food for thought for your own website.

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