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What Does It Take to Build a Culture of Belonging?


To impose the changes needed to achieve promises of racial justice, equity, and inclusion, organizations require all hands on deck — at levels of the company. But widespread support on any effort can be difficult to garner, especially when it comes to DE&I work. An essential part of this is to create a culture where every employee, regardless of their background, feels they belong.

Based on research by Coqual, it is said someone belongs at work when they are seen for their unique contributions, connected to their coworkers, supported in their daily work and career development, and proud of their organization’s values and purpose. While a lack of belonging is the challenge, especially for people of color, building it is a crucial strategy for healing — and for galvanizing support of all DE&I work. As organizations map ways to meet their commitments to racial equity and justice, closing these belonging gaps will help them join employees in a common mission — and to retain and engage employees of all backgrounds.


Cultural Humility, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)