Lead Researcher – Arin N. Reeves
January 2014

As organizations of all types gear up to celebrate different identities including race/ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation during identity history/celebration months, the questions around what to do, how to make it different, how to ensure effectiveness, etc. abound in workplaces, especially for professionals in the Diversity & Inclusion arena who are often charged with the responsibility of making these celebrations happen.

A couple of years ago, Nextions was approached by a group of senior Human Resources executives who were seeking to change their organizations’ approaches to the celebration of months honoring different identities because the engagement levels around these celebrations were beginning to wane.

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  • Honest difference of views and honest debate are not disunity.They are the vital process of policy among free men.

    Herbert Hoover
  • There never were in the world two opinions alike, no more than two hairs or two grains; the most universal quality is diversity.

    Michel de Montaigne
  • The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.

    F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilisation.

    Mahatma Gandhi
  • Strength lies in differences, not in similarities.

    Stephen R. Covey
  • The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.

    Albert Einstein
  • Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.

    Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Wide differences of opinion in matters of religious, political, and social belief must exist if conscience and intellect alike are not to be stunted, if there is to be room for healthy growth.

    Theodore Roosevelt
  • America has believed that in differentiation, not in uniformity, lies the path of progress. It acted on this belief; it has advanced human happiness, and it has prospered.

    Louis D. Brandeis
  • When we lose the right to be different, we lose the privilege to be free.

    Charles Evan Hughes
  • One must even beware of too much certainty that the answer to life's problems can only be found in one way and that all must agree to search for light in the same way and cannot find it in any other way.

    Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Freethinkers are those who are willing to use their minds without prejudice and without fearing to understand things that clash with their own customs, privileges, or beliefs.

    Leo Tolstoy
  • Where all think alike, no one thinks very much.

    Walter Lippmann
  • Controversial' as we all know, is often a euphemism for 'interesting and intelligent.

    Kevin Smith
  • Differences challenge assumptions.

    Anne Wilson Schaef
  • It is not that I'm so smart. But I stay with the questions much longer.

    Albert Einstein
  • Diversity: the art of thinking independently together.

    Malcolm Forbes
  • Wit lies in recognizing the resemblance among things which differ and the difference between things which are alike.

    Madame De Stael
  • Peace is not unity in similarity but unity in diversity, in the comparison and conciliation of differences.

    Mikhail Gorbachev
  • Strength lies in differences, not in similarities.

    Stephen R. Covey
  • To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.

    Tony Robbins
  • Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won't come in.

    Isaac Asimov
  • Diversity and independence are important because the best collective decisions are the product of disagreement and contest, not consensus or compromise.

    James Surowiecki
  • Diversity creates dimension in the world.

    Elizabeth Ann Lawless
  • In our work and in our living, we must recognize that difference is a reason for celebration and growth, rather than a reason for destruction.

    Audre Lorde
  • Honest difference of views and honest debate are not disunity. They are the vital process of policy among free men.

    Herbert Hoover
  • The biggest mistake is believing there is one right way to listen, to talk, to have a conversation -- or a relationship.

    Deborah Tannen
  • I not only use all the brains that I have, but all I can borrow.

    Woodrow Wilson
  • Difference of opinion is helpful in religion.

    Thomas Jefferson