IN+ Principle: Diversity

INCLUDE+ values all forms of expertise (professional and lived) and offers an equitable platform for this to be shared. We see diversity as a core principle of our work, which can be seen in inclusion and representation of individuals from different backgrounds, including (but not limited to) race, ethnicity, gender, age, socioeconomic status, abilities, and sexual orientation. INCLUDE+ values and celebrates diverse perspectives, experiences, and expertise. (e.g., professional, lived) 

We seek a diversity of perspectives and allow all voices to be heard, particularly those which tend to be suppressed.  

Saying that we want to be aware of some of the existing limitations and pitfalls of the so-called ‘performative diversity’ and ‘tokenistic inclusion’. 

Our INCLUDE+ Process is meant to be grounded in realistic approaches to diversity which will hopefully allow for (1) listening and amplifying diverse voices; (2) providing support; (3) regular check-ins and assessment of our own processes; (4) talking actionable steps towards systemic change (even if these steps are very little).