Workplace diversity and INCLUSION
Posted by: Aaron Subich, Class of 2012
In the spring of this year, one of our elective classes is Workplace Diversity and Inclusion. Our professor, Kathleen Galvin, is one of the preeminent subject matter experts in this area having held a professor position at Northwestern for her entire career spanning numerous decades. Professor Galvin has observed the sweeping changes in our society over her career, and has been quite affected by many as a woman.
This class has radically altered the way I view the topic of workplace diversity in a way I wanted to highlight as a significant value add for my program experience. No longer will I view diversity and inclusion as a HR issue, or a political concept. Rather, I now see it as a responsibility of every stakeholder in a community. To be included in something is to belong to it, and those that belong are clearly going to be the most vested and interested in making things better.
I’ve very thankful for my amazing experience of inclusion in this program and the tremendous modeling of that by all of our administrators and faculty. Indeed, I’ve been heard, responded to, and included in conversations surrounding the program and its content and presentation from the beginning. This has led me not only to a greater and more impacted awareness of diversity and inclusion issues, but to a true sense of belonging in this community that I look forward to hopefully helping to grow and continue on into the future.