What does inclusivity mean? Let us take a look at our Webster Dictionary to find out.
Inclusivity-1. An intention or policy of including people who might otherwise be excluded or marginalized, such as those who are handicapped or learning-disabled, or racial and sexual minorities
Daily Wisdom Word Definition of inclusivity-1. including those people outside your normal circle into your group of people like yourself adding those who might be different in some way in with the people you normally associate with
Inclusivity should not be hard. It is sad when you think about it that we don’t normally include everyone in the crowd who may be considered less in some way in the crowd, but that is not always the way that it works.
I can remember times in my life when I have been the one alienated because of a partial hostess to who own usual friends and wishing so much to be included. I, because of that, have always gone out of my way to include everyone in a crowd when I have been the hostess or even when I have not. There is nothing more painful than being on the outside looking in.
I believe strongly in inclusivity partially because it is the right thing to do, and partially because of my own experiences with it. It truly feels awful to be the one left out. I remember being at another party another time, and having a completely different hostess. She went out of her way to make everyone feel included, and was a master at inclusivity. She introduced everyone to those that did not previously know each other, and cared enough about others to make sure they were all included and made sure they felt a part of the group.
I admired her behavior so much, that I told myself I would always be that way when I hosted my own parties, and have done my best ever since to make sure that was the case. I sometimes will take it personally when I feel there is an ulterior motive when I haven’t felt included in the past, when it may not have been the hostesses intention to leave me out. She just was busy and overwhelmed herself.
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