Broward College named 2013 Local Corporation of the Year by SFMSDC
In broad terms, diversity is any dimension that can be used to differentiate groups and people from one another. It means understanding and acknowledging, and having respect and appreciation for the different characteristics that shape an individual’s behavior, attitude and perspectives; which is generated by life experiences, gender, age, religion, education, sexual orientation, disability, and national origin. Although, laws designed to promote equality protect many of these characteristics, diversity is concerned more with the equitable treatment of differences than with equal treatment.
Equality is sameness, the result of ignoring people’s differences. Equity, on the other hand, is fairness, which comes about as a result of recognizing people’s differences.
Inclusion fosters an environment where employees, suppliers and vendors feel valued, respected and supported. It is proactive and based on business goals and demographics; its overall message is diversity maximizes an organization’s competitive advantage. It ensures that the right structural conditions are in-place for each individual to achieve his or her full potential. Inclusion begins by linking diversity to the fair treatment of people at work through recruiting, interviewing, hiring, mentoring, promotions and pay. For our suppliers and vendors, it is having policies and procurement processes that are fair, equitable and attractive to minority, women-owned and small disadvantaged businesses. Only through the equitable treatment of all, can we, despite our differences, feel comfortable and truly channel the Power of Many into the Spirit of One.
Diversity Inclusion fosters an environment where difference and calculated risk taking is valued and people feel empowered to explore creativity and innovative solutions. The long and short of it is diversity of opinion, thought and life experience produces the most effective teams. Diversity inclusiveness is not a social program but a strategically focused, business requirement that is essential in a global world.
In the spirit and purpose of diversity inclusion, we welcome the opportunity for you to participate in Broward College's Small Disadvantaged Business Program.