Diversity director encourages inclusion

first_imgEric Love, director of staff diversity and inclusion, presented to leaders and volunteers from nonprofit organizations Tuesday as part of the University’s Nonprofit Breakfast Series. The series, presented by the University’s Office of Public Affairs and the Mendoza College of Business, is designed to help nonprofit organizations learn from human resource experts to better manage employees. Love’s presentation was the third in the four-part series and focused on the benefits of diversity and how to better serve all constituents. “Inclusion is what we do with diversity,” he said. “If we really value diversity, if we really think it’s important, that inclusion is so important. We can only get the benefits of diversity if we give each other a voice and allow them to speak and share their perspective. “So together, diversity and inclusion are policies and practices of inclusion that promote understanding of cultural differences and encourage cooperation across the boundaries of diverse co-workers.” The benefits of diversity, according to Love, include enhanced critical and complex thinking, greater academic and work success and “greater engagement in the lifelong learning of understanding people and cultures in order to develop a more democratic community and equitable society.”“When we start working with people who are different from us, we start to care about them, we care about their communities,” he said. “We start to care about other communities outside of our own.”The first step to becoming more inclusive, Love said, is to focus on yourself. “I strongly believe awareness is the first step — the more comfortable we are with ourselves, the more comfortable we are with other people,” he said. “If you know who you are, it doesn’t really matter who someone else is, because you’re secure with yourself. You’re comfortable with whoever else someone might be.” When addressing organizations, Love said leaders should aspire to be “multiculturally competent.” “An organization is multiculturally competent when its members, majority and minority, have knowledge of, respect for and the skills necessary to interact with people from other cultures, within an international and domestic context,” he said. When striving for multicultural competency, Love said microaggressions, which he defined as “brief and commonplace” indignities that communicate “hostile or negative slights or insults,” are a crucial part of communication to be aware of. “They are reminders that recipients are not in the majority,” he said. “They can happen to women, to people of color, to people with disabilities and they add up to a pattern of exclusion. One microaggression is like a paper cut — it might sting a little bit, but ultimately it’s not that big of a deal. But multiple microaggressions every day, every week, over time can really start to add up.”While it is important to be inclusive, the fear of “saying something wrong” shouldn’t prevent important conversations from happening or questions from being asked, Love said. “Political correctness had noble intentions and it started to get us communicating in a more civil way,” he said. “But terminology changes and it can be hard to keep up. We all make mistakes; I’m the diversity guy and I make mistakes.”Tags: Diversity, eric love, mendoza college of business, Nonprofit Breakfast Serieslast_img read more

Tim Sherwood tips Gabriel Martinelli to replace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at Arsenal

first_imgAdvertisement Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Gabriel Martinelli (Picture: Getty)Former Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood believes Gabriel Martinelli will be ready to step into Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s shoes if the Arsenal captain leaves the club this summer.Despite an upbeat update from Mikel Arteta this afternoon, Aubameyang is yet to agree to a new deal at Arsenal and his future at the club hangs in the balance.The former Dortmund ace has 12 months to run on his existing deal at the Emirates and he challenged the club to show their ambition in a wide-ranging interview earlier this week.Despite Arsenal’s over-reliance on Aubameyang in attack this season, the form of Martinelli has given supporters hope that there’s a new generation coming through at the club.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAnd Sherwood believes that Arteta is making the right decision in investing in youth, as he believes Martinelli can replace Aubameyang if he leaves at the end of the campaign. ‘I’ve been fortunate enough to be invited to the training ground at Arsenal and what’s big on his [Arteta’s] priority list is to improve the players,’ Sherwood told Premier League Productions.‘No matter who they are even if they’re ready-made international footballers it’s to make them better and what he’s not afraid to do is look into their academy. ‘They’ve got a lot of good young players there. Bukayo Saka is the one that’s come to the front and Gabriel Martinelli will eventually take over from Aubameyang [particularly] if they can’t keep hold of him.‘Ainsley Maintland-Niles [too]. There’s no end of good young players. They’re very versatile in their positions and Mikel wants to work on a system that everyone is happy with. He’s not going in there and saying: “This is how I play. He’s saying: ‘What do I have at my disposal?” ‘He wants to try and get the best out of the squad he has. I like what he’s doing there. I think they’ve got a clear plan. They haven’t got the money. Nicolas Pepe was big money and he’s the last of the big signings you’ll see at Arsenal. They’ll have to cut their cloth differently now and I think they’ll dip into their academy [more]. I think it’ll take time but I think they’ll get what they want to achieve under Mikel Arteta.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe Gunners get their season back on track on Wednesday with a trip to champions Manchester City.The game was called off back in March after Arteta tested positive for Covid-19 following his side’s game against Olympiacos in the Europa League.MORE: Phil Neville admits he was ‘never a fan’ of Manchester United team-mate Fabien Barthez Sean KearnsMonday 15 Jun 2020 9:15 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link165Shares Advertisementcenter_img Comment Tim Sherwood tips Gabriel Martinelli to replace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at Arsenallast_img read more