Why Diversity and Inclusion
- Diversity represents the uniqueness of all individuals. It fosters an environment where people feel safe, respected, valued, and empowered to reach their full potential.
- Diversity makes us unique and who we are—and prepares us for the future. It is not just about people—it includes our actions. Diversity makes us reflective of the communities we serve.
- Diversity drives everyday actions, ideas, theories, and concepts. It promotes:
- Results-oriented projects
- Economic development
- Student success
Inclusion is an attitude, belief, and action, and it embraces diversity in a tangible way. Inclusion is how we respond and make people feel safe and valued.
As the United States become increasingly diverse and technology continues to "shrink" our world, we all have growing opportunities to work, play, and interact with a rich diversity of people from varying backgrounds. Accordingly, Oklahoma's Career and Technology Education System's ability to innovate, create, and remain globally competitive hinges on its ability to attract and retain diverse talent. We are committed to creating a systemic culture that values diversity and inclusion linked to our business practices and accountability metrics. We realize that building this culture is a long-term commitment. It is an integral component of creating learning communities and environments where people feel safe, respected, valued, and empowered to reach their full potential.