PRESIDENT’S BLOG: Diversity

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I’ve been thinking a lot recently about diversity. It’s a tough subject to avoid these days as the national dialogue bounces from questions of white nationalism to warnings against cultural appropriation and debates about the lasting impact of Caucasian performers in “black face.”

At The Chicago School, diversity has been at the heart of our dialogue from the very beginning.  Along with the related concept of inclusion, diversity is a central value to our model of education, and is woven throughout our mission and our curriculum.

It is the backbone of our model of professional preparation; our graduates enter the workplace knowing that while some mental health issues are universal, others are culturally specific, and demand an understanding of individuals’ background and beliefs.

The meaning of diversity continues to expand; no longer are we concerned with only diversity of race and religion, but of age, economic and educational background, sexual orientation, gender identity, and ability.

Diversity is our future – we must be clear on this. Understanding and embracing it make us richer as individuals and as a nation.

Remember, life is short.  Let’s each do our part to make it the best we can, for ourselves and for those around us.

2 comments
  • Glad to see diversity incorporated into the TCSPP curriculum. I am very big on shared perspectives and amplifying the voices of the underserved, happy to be enrolled!

  • Kennon Kasischke March 7, 2019 at 7:33 am

    I really appreciate the focus as a recent graduate of The Chicago School. While we have woven it in within the curriculum throughout the system, my experience has shown me that as professionals we all need to learn the business acumen to address and facilitate more conversations about diversity, and more so cultural competency, in all of our training and development.

    A recent Russell Reynolds Associated case study showed a majority of businesses and organizations focus on the importance of D&I; however, a large portion of the leaders pushing these efforts stated they were not given adequate resources or leadership support. Practical application, be it through courageous conversations or accommodations in practice, should be a strong focus of all of our professionals studying at The Chicago School, and I’m excited to see continual effort in these areas.

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