What is Inclusiveness?

 Quotes on Inclusiveness

 “Inclusiveness”, like “access” and “equity”, is a way of talking about equality. …today it requires that persons of every race, ethnicity, religious background, sex, disability status and sexual orientation be able to participate equally in major social activities…this requirement of equal participation is referred to as “inclusiveness”. (

Inclusion is about living full lives – about learning to live together.

Inclusion makes the world our classroom for a full life.

Inclusion treasures diversity and builds community.

Inclusion is about our ‘abilities’ – our gifts and how to share them.

Inclusion is NOT just a ‘disability’ issue.


…requires a commitment to inclusiveness as a fundamental operating principle and calls for an active and ongoing process that affirms human diversity in its many forms, encompassing but not limited to ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation, economic circumstance, disability and philosophy. (

I look forward confidently to the day when all who work for a living will be one with no thought to their separateness as Negroes, Jews, Italians or any other distinctions. This will be the day when we bring into full realization the American dream -- a dream yet unfulfilled. A dream of equality of opportunity, of privilege and property widely distributed; a dream of a land where men will not take necessities from the many to give luxuries to the few; a dream of a land where men will not argue that the color of a man's skin determines the content of his character; a dream of a nation where all our gifts and resources are held not for ourselves alone, but as instruments of service for the rest of humanity; the dream of a country where every man will respect the dignity and worth of the human personality. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Reflective Questions about Inclusiveness

  • Have I developed and expressed my own commitment to inclusiveness?
  • When I am involved in an activity, have I taken steps to be inclusive of all individuals?
  • As I think about my future career goals, hopes, and dreams, what can I do to make sure that individuals from all backgrounds and abilities will be a part of my life?
  • As I make daily choices, am I aware of the cultural nuances involved in these choices?