Cultural Diversity, Inclusion and Equity
In our society today an overarching context setting perspective is the impact of cultural diversity, inclusion and equity on policy issues affecting people in our society. Cultural diversity speaks to the range of human differences, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age social class, physical ability of attribute, religious or ethical values systems, national origin and political belief. Cultural inclusion is involvement and empowerment where the inherent worth and dignity of all people are recognized. An inclusive environment promote and sustains a sense of belonging; it values and practices respect for the talents, beliefs, backgrounds and ways of living of all members of a society. There are many disparities that exist in our society today. A significant number of societal disparities provide advantages for some while significant barriers and challenges for others. Cultural equity is an effort to reduce societal disparities by leveling the field of opportunity, removes societal barriers and challenges and provides specific remedies that support the growth and development of the groups that have been negatively impacted.
Since its inception, PolicyBridge has monitored the growth in cultural diversity, inclusion and equity issues in the areas of public, community, organizational and institutional policy and an interest to understand and improve these issues in our society. We have seen increased awareness in the public, independent and private sectors to become more proficient with regard to cultural diversity, inclusion and equity competence. Focusing on issues that affect African American and other underserved communities, PolicyBridge is working with a broad array of community, civic, public, independent and private sector stakeholders and institutions to increase and enhance their cultural competency in the areas of diversity, inclusion and equity.