There are so many different ways to start. We made a list of 25 direct actions that you take using the Diversci framework.
Don’t worry, it is great that you are interested and open to new information. Take a look at our Key Principles page for the basics, or take a look at the ‘Step 1’ section at our Resources page. Don’t be afraid to ask or to make mistakes. No one knows it all when it comes to Diversity, Equity, Access and Inclusion, but together we can learn from each others. Join Our Community on practice!
The best way to involve all your colleagues is creating committees and mini-projects. Driving these initiatives needs a lot of people to be involved if there are to succeed. Also think of a way in which every department can contribute to becoming diverse and inclusive, both internally and externally. This is a great strategy, because doing this work alone could burn people out. Be mindful of the time commitment and champion for the payment of extra hours.
This is a crucial step on the journey. Our Key Principles page is a good place to start your conversation.You can invite an external facilitator, or identify someone in your organisation who could lead a 90-minute to 2-hour workshop on vocabulary and terms. Focus on how diversity, equity, access and inclusion would look, feel, and sound like in your organisation, i.e. how are these concepts are perceived in practice, rather than as a term in a glossary or dictionary?
Implementing equitable and inclusive practice does not necessarily mean expensive changes. Small changes can make the difference without changing the cost of the final product, exhibition, activity, etc. Changes in the colours of images or the size and fonts of text, figures and examples can readily promote Access and will not affect your budget! Also identifying costly exclusive practice will help you know where to reallocate money.
Accessibility is a great entry point: multilingual labels, ramps, braille, special hours for families with autistic children, among other practices. Challenge your colleagues on thinking what else you can do to diversify your audience, and staff in terms of: race, ethnicity, age, neighbourhood, gender, sexual orientation. Review Dr. Crenshaw's intersectionality theory. Accessibility is a great entry point: multilingual labels, ramps, braille, special hours for families with autistic children (among other practices) can challenge your colleagues on thinking what else you can do to diversify your audience and staff in terms of race, ethnicity, age, neighbourhood, gender or sexual orientation.