We’re All People, First

Demonstrating the value of diversity through the art of humility.
May 2, 2024
Stasha Carrasquillo, Chief Mktg Technology Officer
We’re All People, First

When it comes to the social discussion on diversity, there is a vast number of insights and perspectives about what diversity means in any given context. By its very nature, deciding on a formula for diversity is impossible. Instead, the key to honoring diversity and fostering inclusivity is rooted in the basic art of humility. If we can realize that our own viewpoints are not always the most accurate in relation to others, we can open ourselves to finding value in everyone around us as people first.

The unique collage of our personal experiences shapes the fundamental structure of who we know ourselves to be. No lived experience is the same. Personality, upbringing, learning opportunities, faith tradition, relationships, challenges, successes, work experience, hobbies, trauma, cultural experiences and more build the rich tapestry that every person carries with them. Our strengths and our limitations are shaped by these lived experiences. 

Understanding perspectives outside of your own does require conscious work. Making an effort with this goal in mind could include:

  • Approaching conversations with curiosity. Whether talking with someone at the store or debating strategy in a meeting room, challenge yourself to ask others to share more about their perspective before leading with your own thoughts. 

  • Fighting fear with a shared purpose. Fear of “different” separates us further. If a shared goal isn’t immediately obvious, start with remembering that we are all people, first. This common ground is the first step to humanizing conflict and can be a reminder that fear by itself is only a feeling. The fact is, what we have in common is only the beginning of realizing our shared potential.

  • Pausing to self-reflect. Some researchers insist that only 2% of our thoughts are conscious. Even when we think we are unbiased or neutral, our thoughts are subconsciously influenced by our mind’s wiring. Doing the very personal work of increasing your own self-awareness will go a long way to appreciating the value of others. 

Speaking specifically to workplaces, various research has shown that the majority of employees hide or downplay parts of their lived experience. This creates barriers to success individually and organizationally. However, when you intentionally build a culture rooted in humility that overtly values people, first, more perspectives surface. Embracing the limits of a single person’s lived experience promotes openness, growth, the ability to listen and, ultimately, trust. This humble posture is where diversity finds its strength. 

Turnstone Center for Children & Adults with Disabilities

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Email: stasha@turnstone.org

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