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3 ways to support diversity this holiday season

It’s more than saying, “Happy Holidays”

Jack Frost is probably nipping at your nose and you might be overwhelmed with boxes and bows. Yes, it’s that time of year again, and with a little mindfulness we can make it a winter wonderland for everyone.

Ensuring our campus is a more inclusive place to work and study is a shared responsibility, and it’s not as hard as you might think. Small and large gestures of inclusion build up like newly-fallen snow, eventually forming the critical mass needed to shift culture. Here are a few tips on how to support inclusion this holiday season from SAIT’s Associate Director, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, John Partington.

1. Be mindful that many faiths celebrate this season.

At least five religious celebrations from many of the world’s major religions take place in the month of December. Explore and get to know other traditions — try attending another place of worship for a new experience or whip up a new holiday recipe and learn about its cultural significance.

2. Use “partner” when referring to a significant other.

When meeting new people at holiday parties, use the word “partner” to refer to someone else’s significant other. This is always best-practice, because you can’t assume how someone identifies.

3. Bring variety to holiday parties.

Hosting a festive fete this season? Décor and food can be great opportunities for cultural exchange. Try a potluck celebration to share cuisines, and share the significance of symbols and decorations with each other.

Celebrate the season with friends and family, and make sure everyone feels included. The small things add up and your actions do make a difference.

Happy Holidays!

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