By Nancy Bordine | Categories Diversity | Equity | Inclusion | February 18, 2022

If inclusion initiatives increase productivity and innovation in business,

imagine how they could do the same for your classroom/institution.

If inclusion initiatives increase employee satisfaction and retention in business,

imagine how they could increase the attention and literacy of students.

 

Tony Dungy, first Black NFL coach to win a Super Bowl says, “Inclusion initiatives need to have Emotional Intelligence (EI) as part of their foundation.  EI is necessary for all groups to work well together. Self-Awareness and Social-Awareness are key elements of EI.  They allow others to trust that you authentically care about their feelings.”[1]

A vital part of Self-Awareness is acknowledging your own stereotypes and biases.  Consider the ideas you absorbed from family, teachers, religion, and the media that don’t serve you or your students well today.

Noted author and speaker, Valerie Alexander, suggests these methods to practice eliminating biases in your work environment:

 

Tony Dungy also says that another word for Social-Awareness could be ‘empathy’. “Social Awareness/Empathy can be nurtured by investing in listening and learning to understand each individual, so that each employee/student can be comfortable to talk about their true self.”[3]

Being inclusive means challenging your biases and stereotypes, being curious, being humble, being empowering, and valuing the well-being of all.

Terry Boyd PhD., Professor at University of Southern Florida stresses, “Anyone pursuing inclusion initiatives as part of their Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) efforts should keep in mind that DE&I is an ongoing journey rather than a sprint, or even a marathon.  DE&I efforts need to be continuous.”[4]  

Where and when could you utilize strategies for Self-Awareness and Social-Awareness to improve your learning environment?

 

  1. Tony Dungy, University of Southern Florida, College of Business on-line course: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace, Module 1
  2. Valerie Alexander, USF, College of Business on-line course: DE&I in the Workplace, Module 2
  3. Tony Dungy, SF, College of Business on-line course: DE&I in the Workplace, Module 1
  4. Terry Boyd, PhD., USF, College of Business on-line course: DE&I in the Workplace, Module 4

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