Originally published: May 15, 2017
“When people hear the words ‘diversity and inclusion,’ far too often they assume that we are solely referring to recruiting diverse talent. While I am the first to recognize the value in recruiting diverse individuals, I am proud to say that we have a more comprehensive approach to D&I at Aurora.
“As part of our multifaceted strategy to create a welcoming environment for our caregivers, we’ve found that to establish a truly inclusive workplace, organizations must engage their leadership teams to actively normalize conversations about diversity.
“People can be uncomfortable with discussions about race, gender, sexual orientation and all other forms of difference. To address this, we have provided leaders with resources and training that explore self-awareness, unconscious bias and emotional intelligence. This approach diminishes the notion that talking about diversity is taboo which, in turn, reshapes the conversation among our caregivers as a celebration of our differences.