In this issue, Johns Hopkins University, School of Nursing is recognized for oustanding commitment to diversity, Steve Butler share tips for recruiting and retaining neurodivergent talent, Microsoft HR Leader discusses three key areas to improve inclusion, and COLOR invites past AIA honorees to join the Winner’s Circle!
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In recognition of its outstanding commitments to diversity and inclusion, Johns Hopkins University has earned a 2021 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, higher education’s oldest and largest diversity magazine and website. The School of Nursing was also honored for the fourth consecutive year in the health professions category.
If ‘cognitive diversity’ is a management aim, neurodiversity has to play a role. Neurodiversity is the infinite variation in how our brains are ‘wired’. From an organizational point of view, these variations in cognitive functioning can increase diversity of thought and reduce groupthink, says Steve Butler, CEO – Punter Southall Aspire, it also provides ready access to sought-after skills: the more neurodiversity we have in our business, the more able we are to look at things in a different way and question established ways of thinking and working. The neurological set-up of people with (for example) autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or dyslexia results in many distinct qualities – ranging from creative thinking to process structuring. When we understand and value this potential, we can access a world of opportunities.
Lynn Dang, human resource lead at Microsoft Singapore, in an Oct. 30 interview in Human Resources Director Magazine, advises HR leaders to focus on three key areas to start the inclusivity journey and drive real change in organizations: awareness, curiosity and courage. “I think the important thing is that inclusion doesn’t sit in HR,” she said. “Inclusion sits with the whole organization. That’s where leaders and employees need to start to say – that each one of us is accountable and intentional about our diversity and inclusion journey. Each one of us can make a commitment.
Have You or Your Company Been Honored at The All-Inclusive Awards?
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COLOR’s Winners Circle is a special online publication featuring past award honorees, winners and finalists showcasing their accomplishments since receiving their awards. To participate, we ask that you complete a simple questionnaire updating us on “where you are now.” Our editor will utilize this information to create your custom profile in this special publication.