Together: The UITS Diversity and Inclusion initiative. (Audio Description)

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>> What does diversity mean to you? What is your idea of an inclusive work environment? Culture? Faith? Personality? Age? Race? Ability? Disability? Idea? Ethnicity? Gender? Education? Diet? Belief? History? Language? Sexual orientation? In early 2018, a group of UITS employees initiated the Diversity and Inclusion Initiative. This group is dedicated to fostering a welcoming workplace environment, ensuring appreciation of the complexity and composition of our diverse population. Together, we can become better. Learn more at Diversity.UITS.IU.edu.

Create “conversational speed bumps”

Brought to you by: Better Allies and UITS Together

Imagine you've just heard someone making an oppressive comment. Imagine you want to speak up, but the balance of power is not in your favor.

Try embracing “polite incomprehension” and creating the equivalent of speed bumps in the conversation. For example:

  • “I’m afraid I don’t get the joke. Moving on…”
  • “I think I’ve lost the thread of the conversation. What about [topic]?”
  • “I didn’t quite catch that, but what I understood was [topic] and here’s my thoughts…”

Read the full post for more ideas on how to speak up against oppressive comments.

Mission

Our mission is to foster a welcoming workplace environment at Indiana University, ensuring all individuals appreciate the complexity and composition of our diverse population through educational opportunities, outreach events, and advocacy.

Through building a culture that promotes collaboration, flexibility, and fairness, we can ensure sustainability of our diversity and inclusion achievements.

Outreach and recruitment

We believe hiring strategies must include social media, professional associations, job postings, and publications to maximize recruitment from a diverse pool of applications. Training will be provided on hiring and the impact of unconscious bias in the recruitment process. In addition, we aim to develop and implement an ongoing, comprehensive D&I communications strategy for the IU IT community.

Core Values

A diverse workplace drives innovation

We welcome all perspectives and encourage the open exchange of ideas and civil discourse. We want all employees to be themselves and contribute through their own experiences. We honor individuality, human dignity, equality, and equity. Together we can empower one another to do our best work.

A diverse future

We encourage respect and inclusiveness, and welcome members with diverse backgrounds, ideas, and life experiences. Recognizing every employee has unique skills and talents while working to support and coach them to maximize their contribution and personal satisfaction, will help to ensure diversity in the future of the organization.

 

Inclusion of diverse perspectives

All interactions and conversations require an open mind, offering respect and inherent dignity and worth of all individuals. Employees deserve opportunities for cross-collaboration and rotational assignments to enrich the employee climate, foster diversity of thought, and inspire innovative solutions.

 

Welcoming and diverse work environments

Respect and civility will be afforded to all individuals regardless of age, disability, educational background, family status, gender, gender identity and expression, nationality, race/ethnicity, religion, position, sex, sexual orientation, socioeconomic level, or veteran status.

 

Outreach and recruitment

We believe hiring strategies must include social media, professional associations, job postings, and publications to maximize recruitment from a diverse pool of applications. Training will be provided on hiring and the impact of unconscious bias in the recruitment process. In addition, we aim to develop and implement an ongoing, comprehensive D&I communications strategy for the IU IT community.

D&I education

We will host workshops, focus groups, and other learning opportunities to educate and promote discussion on topics that impact today’s workplace, such as unconscious bias, generational and cultural differences, and the employment of persons with disabilities. Through a better understanding of diversity and inclusion, we can work towards a pervasively diverse and inclusive work culture.

Change doesn’t happen overnight

We strive to ensure employees are engaged and recognized for their diverse contributions to the organization’s success.

But change takes time.

We encourage you to get involved with the D&I initiative, so we can build a diverse and inclusive work culture for the continued betterment of the organization and its employees.

Contact us

We’d love to hear from you!

If you have an idea for a workshop, would like to participate in a focus group, have thoughts you’d like to share, or simply just want to say hi, send us an email at uitsdiv@iu.edu.