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Action for Inclusion: A Resource Kit for Community ConversationsAction for Inclusion: A Resource Kit for Community Conversations

resource kit coverThis resource kit was developed for the "Kitchen Table Conversations: Action for Inclusion" project, led by the Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition, in partnership with the Ontario Network of Employment Skills Training Programs (ONESTEP), from January 2017 to March 2018.

However, it was designed as a stand-alone kit for individuals and groups working outside the scope of the project. The purpose of the kit is to help individuals and members of community organizations as they strive to create inclusive communities. The emphasis is on practical, tangible and focused strategies that can be implemented quickly and effectively. It will help readers understand the barriers to inclusion faced by many people, how our words and actions may affect others, and how our organizations and social systems may be structured in ways that have negative impacts.

It is also intended to increase the level of comfort readers have with addressing diversity and inclusion issues. People often fear that they may say the wrong thing, be perceived as discriminatory or be stifled by rigid rules of political correctness. This resource kit will help people to initiate conversations that create an open space where people are "called in" rather than "called out", and can learn from mistakes without embarrassment or shame.

The resource kit has been designed with the expectation that readers will refer to different sections at different times to provide practical assistance with specific initiatives and activities. It consists of six sections:

  1. Introduction
  2. Understanding Diversity
  3. Understanding Inclusion
  4. Dimensions of Diversity
  5. Tools for Inclusion
  6. Additional Resources

This resource kit does not provide sufficient training for working with individual clients from diverse backgrounds (i.e., skills such as cross-cultural communication, anti- racism training or conflict resolution). While it includes tips that can be used to think about and become more sensitive to these issues, it does not address them in detail.

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