Inclusion in the News

Inclusion, Civility, and Acceptance in the Popular Press

Politics & Society

  • Why food availability is also a matter of social wellbeing: This article shows how food poverty is not only a physical but also a social issue as well.
  • In a multicultural world, language can serve as a way to unite or divide individuals and groups. This article demonstrates how language itself affects issues of inclusivity.
  • What precise role does social exclusion play in radicalization and what neurological processes are involved? Find out here.
  • Who is most affected by loneliness, how does it operate, and how should it be treated? These two articles (U.S. News and The Daily Beast) summarize the evidence of and research on loneliness, demonstrating why it is so difficult, but at the same time so vital, to study.
  • When thinking about inclusion, many people fail to adopt a truly inclusive mindset when considering its impact. In this opinion piece, a community college dean discusses his thoughts on both common and “outside-the-box” applications of an inclusive mindset, and why this mindset is a boon for all.

Stereotypes & Underrepresentation

  • This article summarizes how the National Institute of Aging is taking steps to make science more inclusive for all, and addresses key questions that researchers should consider, particularly when addressing underrepresented groups.
  • This Newsweek article reveals why female role models are especially important in increasing female participation in STEM, and how the way in which role models engage with young women especially matters.
  • Many educators are unaware of how to promote and enact inclusive instruction, and this issue is particularly relevant for disabled students. This article in Education Week argues for how inclusive education is highly beneficial for disabled and non-disabled students alike, and it is clear how the implications of inclusion even go beyond the classroom.
  • Single individuals—those not involved in a committed romantic relationship—face pervasive negative stereotyping and prejudice because of their single state. For example, they often are blamed for the so-called “loneliness epidemic” plaguing many societies worldwide. However, this article discusses why singles should not be blamed for rises in perceived loneliness.
  • In common dialogues on acceptance and inclusion, major terms such as "underrepresntation" and "marginalization" are often misused, creating confusion and misunderstanding. This article delineates how such terms are distinct from one another, and particular what it means to be "inclusive" versus "diverse."

Inclusion in the Workplace

  • Consider what the 2019 ABA Health Law Section’s Champion of Diversity and Inclusion Award winner has to say about the importance of belongingness in the workplace. Montrece McNeill Ransom is not only top of her field, but she is also considered a renowned speaker, trainer and facilitator, and author.

  • Female scientists, particularly those likely to struggle with work-life balance (e.g., mothers), face unique challenges in the workplace. This Scientific American piece presents these challenges and features actionable steps for addressing key issues.
  • Interested in how other countries are tackling issues of inclusion? This article in The Japan Times provides a coherent summary of how individuals and organizations in Japanese society address inclusion- and diversity-related issues in the workplace.

College Campuses

  • How do college students themselves feel about inclusion? Based on both pilot and formal interviews with students, Dr. Shawna Shapiro provides insight into what students think inclusivity means in the context of higher education.
  • Stigma related to mental health, especially on college campuses, is a rising issue. This article discusses a partnership between one of the nation’s largest student housing companies and an Austin-based campus initiative geared toward mental health to raise awareness and launch training resources across more than 70 universities nationwide.

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