It's no secret that CUPA-HR has been working on a diversity, equity and inclusion statement and action plan. (We will also be sharing this with attendees at our 2011 Annual Conference!)
As we have worked on these documents, discussed what they mean for us as an organization and as a national office, many questions have emerged. While many of us have been taught to separate our personal and professional lives, it is increasingly difficult to do so with the technology available today as well as the demands made on our time - both personally and professionally.
However, with an initiative like this, it's personal. As I have unwound these concepts in my own mind - and heart - it's sometimes a bit shocking to realize how ingrained some of my preconceived notions are and how far back they go. Perhaps I'll share some of these thoughts in an additional post but I wanted to share something we did as a national office that, I believe, caused us all to look at these topics in a different light.