Your personal diversity and inclusion statement

As one of the assignments in STOCKSCH 382 – Professional Development in Sustainable Food and Farming, students are asked to write a Personal Diversity and Inclusion paragraph. This is becoming more common among employers as part of a routine job application package. This blog will help you to create your own D & I statement.

Why write a Diversity and Inclusion Statement

Writing a Diversity and Inclusion Statement of your own allows you to clarify your own thinking with respect to these issues in your life and in the work place or school.  Many employers are now requiring such a statement as part of a routine job application process.  In addition, you may find yourself on a team some day where your workplace is trying to create such a statement.  This is good practice! 

What is a Diversity and Inclusion Statement or Paragraph

A Diversity and Inclusion Statement may be a long document outlining an individual’s or a group’s commitment to inclusion, equity, justice, and diversity. Writing a long document may, in fact, be easier than constructing a brief (25-75 word) paragraph explaining your experiences and commitment to diversity.

Writing a paragraph forces you to select your words carefully. It is also more useful in a job application. If a potential employer requests a Diversity and Inclusion Statement, you should assume they are committed to the principles of diversity and are looking for someone who would be supportive of that mission. Take this seriously!

Getting Started

Three areas that might be included in a statement are: 1) your values related to diversity, 2) your experiences working with diverse populations if any, 3) your personal experiences of inclusion and exclusion, and 4) your commitment to inclusivity. Before you begin writing, you might want to review your own understanding of diversity and inclusion.

Diversity is about what makes each of us unique and includes our backgrounds, personality, life experiences and beliefs, all of the things that make us who we are. You might consider some factors in the puzzle below….

Inclusion is the practice or policy of providing equal access to opportunities and resources for people who might otherwise be excluded or marginalized, such as those who have physical or mental disabilities and members of other minority groups.

Writing Prompts to Consider

To help you get started, consider a few (not all) of the following:

  1. What are your most important core values? .
  2. How important is diversity and inclusion to you personally? .
  3. Why do you think diversity and inclusion are important in group activities?
  4. What do you do to make sure others feel included in group activities where you are engaged?
  5. What elements of your own identity inform your understanding of diversity and inclusion?
  • Try to tell your own story
  • Write from the heart
  • Put “pen to paper” and begin….

And…. yes, its easy to become cynical about this practice when there are so many resources available to tell you how to write a successful statement. Please don’t let this deter you from choosing to be sincere yourself and to…

  • Speak from the heart…..

Help Writing Diversity and Inclusion Statements

There are lots of resources online to help you think creatively. Here is a short video to get you started….

If the video does not stream, click: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion video

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