CHAPTER 1

The Bottom Line: The Real Deal on Inclusion

We say we want inclusion but what if we really don’t?

We work at being inclusive, but we never quite arrive. Perhaps we have unconscious beliefs at odds with what we say we want—a hidden agenda that deters and detracts from our consciously stated desires.

Inclusion is complex. It is in our human nature not to be liberally inclusive or, at the very least, to be skeptical of it. The challenges of inclusion arise from human problems that come from human situations and have to be explored in a human way. Inclusion is not merely a program to be implemented; it is an inherently human characteristic with many complex variables, twists, and turns. That is why it is probable we are not really trying ...

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