The Future of Work
Will the workplace be more equitable in the future?
How do you reinforce Berkeley’s Principles of Inclusion in the way you recruit, hire, compensate, train, manage, and promote your staff?
Inclusiveness is a respectful way of creating value from the differences of all members of our community, in order to leverage talent and foster both individual and organizational excellence. (p. 1, Advancing Inclusiveness and Multiculturalism at UC Berkeley)
As consistent with Paul B. Pedersen’s model of multicultural competence…
Self-awareness “of culturally learned assumptions” is the first step. Your life experience is unique and has been shaped by your gender, class, race, ethnicity, nationality, socioeconomic background, etc. Working effectively across differences will depend on awareness of your own biases and ability to interact with others in humble, respectful, curious, and flexible ways.
Stereotypes are often built on one-dimensional wrong-headed assumptions. Try to expand your knowledge of diverse cultures, global issues, trends, language, history, customs, etc. Ask for more information, guidance, context if you are not sure.
Communication skills (like listening, observing, developing rapport, finding common ground, etc.) are important starting places for creating inclusive environments.
As consistent with our Principles of Inclusion…
UCB Principle of Inclusion #3: “We will: collaborate and foster participation in a welcoming environment, removing barriers and actively engaging all people, at all levels, in all functions” (p. 13). Advancing Inclusiveness and Multiculturalism At UC Berkeley
As consistent with the promise of Berkeley and our ideals of access and opportunity…
Find out more about how you can mitigate the impact of stereotype threat on academic performance at http://reducingstereotypethreat.org/
TAKE FIVE TAKEAWAY – GO FURTHER:
To do: Consider the many ways you could help make Berkeley a more welcoming place for students, staff, faculty and visitors. Commit to the 7 WE WILL Statements in the Principles of Inclusion. For example, Principle of Inclusion #6: We will: foster a sense of community through commitment and accountability by demonstrating respectful behavior (p. 13).
Send yourself and your staff to the Multicultural Education Program and use other important equity building resources and tools. Multicultural Education Program UC Berkeley
FUN FIVE: Pop Quiz
Each of these (5) Berkeley luminaries has a building or place named for them. Who are they and what is that place? If you know, tell us in the comments section of this post. If you knew one of them, tell us a story about how and why they made a difference in the history of this great University. Think of them when you are in their spaces next time. (Hint: There are three faculty members, one staff member and a student in this group of greats.)