Cycles of Diversity – An Approach towards Building Diversity Acceptance in Volunteer Organisations

Michael Jones, Valerie He
InSITE 2016  •  2016  •  pp. 053-057
Many organisations around the world are beginning to move towards a position of increased diversity in their numbers. There are many ways to look at the issue and achieve satisfactory outcomes. This paper explores an approach which offers strong advantages and benefits for the functional integration of minority groups. Operating on the theoretical principles of Diversity Acceptance and Organisational Inclusive Behaviour, the paper will explore the two cycles of diversity. The first cycle follows a ‘vicious’ path, where diversity adjustments are not applied or effective. This cycle highlights the problems that occur as a result of increased heterogeneity. The second cycles follows a ‘virtuous’ path, where diversity adjustments are successful, and the benefits of Diversity Acceptance and Organisational Inclusive Behaviour can be realized. The paper will close with a presentation of the strategies that can be employed to deliver effective diversity adjustments through Diversity Acceptance and Organisational Inclusive Behaviour.
Diversity, Inclusion, Volunteering
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