Diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, and belonging are concepts that challenge us to see the full humanity of our neighbors, recognize their past and present contributions to our communities, and create more opportunities for all people. By thinking through each of these concepts, leaders and entrepreneurs can reassess their mission, core values, services, and products in ways that welcome and include all community members. #YLAI4All will help demystify these terms and equip you with the tools and resources to ensure people from a wide range of backgrounds are represented and can thrive in community, business, and leadership.
Let’s simplify it:
#YLAI4All is an initiative to empower YLAI Network members to champion diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, and belonging core values in community, partnership, and business. The first step is to evaluate your implicit biases and understand your privileges. From here, you can build a baseline knowledge of how the lens through which you see the world impacts others.
Privilege can be defined as a special right, advantage, or immunity available only to a particular group of people. Privilege is a form of social and cultural power. Understanding your privilege is the first step in expanding opportunities for others.
The YLAI Network aims to empower entrepreneurs and community leaders from all different backgrounds and identities. Have you thought about whether your business or community creates a sense of belonging for all? Are there customers you are not reaching or groups that do not feel welcome when accessing services? We’ll explore these topics and more in the #YLAI4All Playbook.
Diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility are critical to thriving communities, businesses, and partnerships. Download and complete the YLAI4All: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Accessibility & Belonging Workbook to learn more about your role in interrogating biases and how you can implement best practices in your business or community that increase belonging.