Relationships Shape Cultural Diversity, Access and Inclusion
By Beth Hoad
Cultural diversity celebrates differences and allows you to view the world through a new set of eyes. While you may never understand someone’s life without truly being them, you can listen, learn and recognize the things that make them who they are.
Religion, race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation are some defining characteristics of what makes up your cultural identity. To establish a greater sense of cultural diversity, you have to be willing to get out of your comfort zone, be open minded, let go of judgment and listen.
Have you ever wondered what makes someone do the things they do?
When you form a deeper relationship with people you don’t typically interact with, you learn why customs vary and you realize the significance of respecting cultural difference. These relationships not only stimulate the knowledge you can gain but promote empathy. In light of last year’s events, it’s essential to view other cultures not as customary, but as a history lesson. We all have distinctive traits that make us tick, from eating certain foods, dressing a specific way and speaking different languages. But it’s crucial we create a place where communities feel safe, valued and inspired.
In my lifetime, I have moved to various countries and been fortunate to interact with multiple cultural groups. Some of their cultural values have shaped who I am today and challenged my original views. During a time when judgment, harassment and unwillingness to confirm are high, get out of your comfort zone and have conversations that are uncomfortable. If you chose to not follow those cultural diversities, at least respect and grow from them. Reach out to that person you typically wouldn’t, contact a long lost friend, shape the future with today in mind.
I can admit I’m quick to judge, it’s human nature, but the more you listen, the more you’ll learn. You don’t have to like everyone, but as Abraham Lincoln once said “Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?”. I originally asked “have you ever wondered what makes someone do the things they do”? Well, what makes you do the things you do? We each have a story that needs to be shared to not only grasp our own life, but the world around us.
At D.O.B we choose to work with people and brands who believe in inclusivity, diversity, and providing opportunities and access to their local communities.
SOKO - empowers Kenyan artisans through training and direct access to the global marketplace.
Yema - gives back to Kenya and Ethiopia villages to educate children & transform lives for the better.
ONE432 - shares half of all net profit with their female artisans and also sponsors Pakistani children’s education.
calinY - sponsors dance dance classes for the local community and employees individuals in the neighborhoods it operates to provide opportunity and access.
Vustra - donates a percentage of all revenue to charities that support the success of local communities with a focus on access to drinking water, food & nourishment, education & reading and preserving the environment
Focusing on inclusion allows all of us to illuminate the complexities of life and gain a better understanding of ourselves and others. We believe that it is essential for all people to feel supported, valued and worthy.