“Inclusion is not just about checking off boxes”

An inside look at creating authentic diversity
in language programs

By Eliz Tchakarian
Editorial Project Manager

As an Editorial Project Manager at Wayside Publishing, one of my most enjoyable responsibilities is to coordinate our diversity and inclusion efforts. As a part of that role, I did a little research into what other educational publishing companies do and found that efforts at diversity that come across as forced or inauthentic are easily spotted and perhaps ridiculed.

Those findings and a couple of anecdotes from my own personal life will shed a bit of light on how I approach the topic of authentic diversity, and illustrate why these efforts and awareness are essential in building respectful relationships between cultures.

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