April is Diversity Awareness Month
Diversity Awareness Month gives us an opportunity to reflect and focus on the meaning of diversity in our lives, our workplaces, our communities and our country. The concept of diversity encompasses a great many groups and identities, among which are ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, age, gender identity, ability, religion … the list goes on to encompass the many aspects of how we identify ourselves, and the ways in which we identify others. Diversity awareness acknowledges the things we share in common and challenges us to grow through learning from and about those whose experience is different than our own.
Recently in this country many issues related to diversity have made headlines, and many people have strong feelings and reactions to things they hear and read on this subject. Our friends, family members and co-workers may share our beliefs, but they may also believe things that we find disturbing or even offensive. The conversations that arise from this situation can be difficult and upsetting for some people, while others choose to keep silent because they fear the consequences identifying themselves as holding a particular viewpoint or belief.
When it comes to diversity, we all have an opportunity to enrich our lives by embracing an attitude of respectful curiosity and compassionate acceptance. Have issues of diversity affected you or someone you know? Have you felt afraid to speak up, or worried that if you do you may be met with hostility or may offend someone? Have you been treated in a way that feels disrespectful or hostile due to something about yourself that is different?
Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives & Resources
Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Cooley Dickinson Health Care
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Massachusetts General Hospital
Spaulding Rehabilitation Network
If you would like to discuss this or any other issues related to diversity confidentially with an EAP counselor, please call the EAP at 1-866-724-4EAP (4327).
In case of emergency, please call 911 or your local hospital emergency service.
This content was last modified on: 03/26/2019