Being inclusive & embracing diversity
Being inclusive & embracing diversity What it is Being inclusive and embracing diversity means being open to others and their opinions, regardless of sex, race, sexuality, ability or socioeconomic background. Being inclusive in a school setting has been shown to reduce the incidence of hate crimes, racism, discrimination and bigotry in the broader community. In line with the idea of being an upstander, this also means calling out intolerance when you see it and encouraging others to do the same.
What it isn’t Practising inclusiveness does not mean that you need to agree with the views of others or be friends with everyone. It does mean that you need to respect that differences exist and learn to get along with others.
What to do Some of the things you can do include:
Taking time to consider the views of others before reacting to them. Try to put yourself in someone else’s shoes.
Show respect for the considered views of others by listening openly to their ideas.
Being careful with your choice of words: avoid using gender or race stereotypes to describe people. For example, don’t judge people for their choice of sport, friends or appearance. Use of terminology like “throwing like a girl” or “that’s gay” reinforces stereotypes that lead to discrimination.
If you hear or see racist, sexist or other hateful language or behaviour, tell those involved to stop. “Stop. That’s not okay.”
Not engaging in ‘bagging’ in day-to-day interactions, especially when ‘friendly’ insults have sexist, racist or homophobic overtones.
Where to find help There are people who can help you.
• Your Class Teacher, Form Teacher, Tutor or Head of House
• The School Counsellor • A teacher or adult whom you trust • Your parents • Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800 or
Talk to someone you trust.
55 Mont Albert Road Canterbury Victoria 3126 Australia PO Box 151 Balwyn Victoria 3103 Australia www.cgs.vic.edu.au