Diversity is a fact. Inclusion is a choice.
Last night, I attended the The TEDxPeachtree salon, where the question was posed:
“What does inclusion mean to you?”
A group of 80 strangers from all parts of Atlanta discussed how we can become more aware of own implicit biases in order to make changes to combat it.
We watched this TEDx talk to spark conversation: What does my headscarf mean to you?
Specifically, we discussed how this applies to refugees in our community. The salon was held in Clarkston, a city in DeKalb County that is home to a large refugee population, and is an excellent example of a community becoming stronger through diversity.
The salon was created after a powerful speaker at this fall’s TEDxPeachtree conference. Dr. Heval Kelli shared his personal story – a journey from Syrian refugee to Emory cardiologist. If you haven’t seen it, I would highly recommend it: Invest in refugees; invest in America’s future