Things you can do to promote inclusiveness within your company

It's crucial to promote diversity and inclusion while at the same time maintain cohesion among your team

By Claudia S. Herrmann

CHF Consulting Group

June 3, 2021

The prevalent buzzword now is inclusiveness. Inclusiveness in the workplace, across all industries, in fashion, in entertainment, in social media, and so on. While it is true that African Americans, Asian Americans, Native Americans, Latinos, and members of the LGBTQ (and any other minority that doesn’t come to my mind as I write this) have been historically been underrepresented, by overemphasizing inclusiveness we’re fostering segregation among humans.

According to the 2020 Census, of the 331 million humans living in America, 76.3 percent are identified as white alone, 13.4 percent identified themselves as black or African American alone, 18.5 percent identified themselves as Latinos or Hispanic, 1.3 percent are identified as Native Americans and 5.9 percent identified themselves as Asian. 13.6 percent Americans are foreign born. This is considering that many Latinos identify themselves as white.

Before we classify ourselves as of one race or another, let’s start with the premise that humans are, well, human beings. When I grew up as a child in my native Mexico and Austria (my mother’s country of origin), in the seventies and then as a young adult in the eighties, making racial distinctions was very much frowned upon. There were people of different shades of skin color and ethnicities, sure, but a homogeneous ethnic or racial identification was strongly encouraged. Its origin can be traced to the 1925 book written by Mexican philosopher and secretary of education, José Vasconcelos, to express the ideology of a “cosmic race” in the Americas; an agglomeration of all the races in the world with no regard for color to erect a new civilization he identified as “Universopolis”.