Start Your New Year with Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Mind
Happy New Year!
A new year brings on many thoughts surrounding where you were in the previous year; goals you have of where you want to be in the coming year and the development of a strategy to meet those goals.
Is this the year you desire to expand your knowledge of others’ thoughts and values? Is this the year you desire to be more open to differing opinions and voices? Is this the year you desire to open your palate to new and exciting foods and cultures?
Starting a new year can be such an exciting time! A time to learn and grow in many ways. This blog is dedicated to diversity, equity, and inclusion with the goal of everyone feeling that they belong. How are you showing up in this space? How are you appreciating differing thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors? Do you listen when someone comes to you with an opposing thought, belief, or behavior? This does not mean that you must get in line with the way they think, as one way is not more correct than another way. This means you acknowledge that differences do exist, and these differences are the attributes that make each of us unique and important to the lives of the people we interact with every day. Given the various ways that people live their lives, it is very important to be able to appreciate how race, culture, age, gender, sexual orientation, language, spiritual beliefs, ability, and social economic status shapes us all.
As you move towards this goal, we are sharing ideas that were posted last January in our blog. We feel that a reminder of these ideas at the beginning of the new year may prove valuable as we move more freely in our community, visit with family and friends, and travel to new and exciting places.
- Everyone has a voice. When people feel like they “have a voice,” they’re more likely to share their opinions with others, even if they are different.
- Everyone wants to feel that they belong. A person’s sense of connection to their family/community is built on belonging — the feeling that you’re a part of an environment that knows and values you.
- To celebrate a sense of uniqueness. Just like people need a sense of belonging and connection, they also need to feel unique among their peers; that their family/community cares about their individual strengths and experiences.
- That everyone wants to have the feeling of being valued. When a person feels that their voice and unique self are appreciated, there’s a greater sense of value and satisfaction.
- The goal is for everyone to feel that they belong. They do not want to be a “label.” They do not want to be an addition to a “number” goal or limited to their zip code.
As you begin this new year, look to make your space one in which differences are accepted and you create an environment that is made of unique talents and outcomes. That is our goal as well. Happy 2023!
About LaJeune Adams
PSL’s Cultures and Values give assurance of our organization’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, through ensuring that all stakeholders feel that they belong. By lifting up voices and people, we will create an organization where all stakeholders feel that they are of value. As part of this commitment PSL formed Culture Champions within each community and location within the organization. Culture Champions are PSL representatives empowered with leading the movement of living and teaching our values while embracing DEI initiatives and encouraging others to do the same. As the Corporate Director of Education and Development and DEI Officer, LaJeune Adams is one of the PSL leaders that supports and works directly with the Culture Champions. LaJeune has worked with Presbyterian Senior Living for over 16 years in the roles of Human Resources Manager and Area Human Resources Director prior to her current role.