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The Power of Inclusion

"Inclusiveness is better than judgmental polarization."
John Brummett, Columnist

"The question of development must mean and include all segments of society."
V Gangadharan

"Inclusive education does not give up on slow learners, on the poor and the most vulnerable, on people who are differently abled. Neither does it discriminate in terms of culture and faith affiliation. Instead, it capitalizes on the diversity of individual learners to broaden perspectives and enrich the learning experience. It is about understanding other cultures, other faiths, and people who are different from us, with the aim of achieving greater global understanding and tolerance, and obtaining peace for our conflict-plagued world."
Education for a peaceful, just, and equitable world, Editorial, Manila Bulletin Online

"Good ideas are borne, not by suppression but by inclusion."
State Rep. Roland Gutierrez, Texas

"In a peace process, the goal must be an inclusive agreement that is acceptable to all sides, is doable, deliverable and sustainable. That means enemies and opponents creating space for each other. It means engaging in real conversations and seeking real solutions. It means accepting that dialogue is crucial..."
Gerry Adams, President, Sinn Féin, Member, Legislative Assembly of Northern Ireland

"If we’re going to live up to our potential, then we need to be inclusive to everybody.”
Joe Bishop, Coordinator, Houston County Certified Literate Community Program, Georgia

"It’s important to recognize that expanding the circle of opportunity and increasing the democratic potential of our own society, as well as those across the world, is a continuing process of inclusion."
Hillary Rodham Clinton, U.S. Secretary of State

"Since talent drives success, every business and every community needs to be more inclusive."
Editorial, "Inclusiveness pays off," The Plain Dealer

"For me, inclusion is about a community where everyone is recognized for their differences and everyone is recognized as belonging – not only in our schools, but in our communities."
Dr. Joseph Petner, Educator

"I have found that an environment that is welcoming and highly inclusive creates increased levels of trust, which in turn results in higher levels of productivity and better outcomes."
Thomas L. Sager, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, DuPont Company

"We will champion inclusiveness not just because it is a foundation for political stability and economic growth, but because it is right."
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, Malaysia

"If you want peace in countries with ethnic conflict, you have to rearrange government to include real power-sharing with all ethnic groups."
Lars-Erik Cederman

"You can build a ramp to get anyone into a building, but it truly is the attitude that facilitates real inclusion. If the people inside the building don't see the value of the individual and don't want them there, then true inclusion does not happen.

"Without the active participation of women and the inclusion of their perspectives at all levels of decision making, the goals of good governance and inclusive, transparent democratic processes can not be achieved."

“Inclusion teaches compassion, understanding and patience for typical children and gives special needs children self-esteem and friendships.”

"Sustainable peace, development, and prosperity cannot thrive when some people and sections of our society feel excluded or marginalized due to the treatment they receive from others who are in the majority: treatment that prejudices, stigmatises or denies them their human rights."

Edward Sam, Chairperson of the Human Rights Commision of Sierra Leone

"A church that values inclusion can better understand the sense of community, be more effective, reap the benefits of the spiritual gifts of its members and strengthen its outreach."

Loventrice Farrow, Writer, Bible Teacher and Public Speaker

"Inclusion and accessibility mean more than ramp cuts and door openers. It’s transit and recreation, every single thing every one of us wants to do.” 

Heather Hollingshead, Accessibility Advocate

"A peaceful world is an inclusive world."
Judith Umbach
"Children must be given the chance to speak out, be heard and participate in setting the political agenda about issues affecting their lives, if we are to build stronger, safer and more inclusive communities."
Ross Hendry, Action for Children

"Schools that include everyone promote harmony along with an appreciation for the differences that mark us individually and culturally. Segregation fosters unfamiliarity, distrust and disrespect, breeding grounds for harassment and bullying – among kids and countries."
Helen Henderson, Columnist

"For a society to sustain itself as progressive it has to be inclusionary not only of the poor and young of the majority ethnic group, but of all its constituent ethnic and religious communities."
Dayan Jayatilleka, Columnist

"If our definition of inclusiveness does not reach beyond the boundaries of our own personal comfort, can we call ourselves truly inclusive?"
Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, President, CLAL-The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership

"Inclusion is a process of identifying, understanding and breaking down barriers to participation and belonging."
Early Childhood Forum (2003)

"An environment of inclusion and respect is of the essence for a successful democratic government."
Lewis Amselem, Alternate Representative of the United States to the OAS

“The idea of belonging and membership, being part of a community, is a basic human need. It’s one of the principles of our democratic society. We all have the same needs, we want to be loved, we want to have friends, we want to feel that we are making a contribution in our families, in our communities….We learn about understanding what someone’s interests and point of view are by interacting with them. To include everyone is to open up those possibilities for learning and appreciating our humanity.”
Dr. Joseph Petner, Educator

"Real development cannot take root on a sustainable basis, unless it is inclusive of women."
President Pratibha Patil, India

"Participation in sport has the potential to promote the social inclusion of all people and increase their self-esteem."
Roger Johnson

"When we exclude someone's perspective, we lose an opportunity to gain knowledge."
Dr. Andre M. Perry

"I am hopeful about the future. My faith tells me that God is always working for the coming of the kind of Kingdom in which we all are respected, all are valued, all are included. And in the end, God wins."
Bishop V. Gene Robinson

"The preservation and promotion of tolerance, pluralism and respect for diversity can produce more inclusive societies."
Pope Benedict XVI

"I think I asked him once, 'Do you ever recall being tolerated?' And he said, 'Yeah.' He said, 'It didn’t feel particularly good.' So why should we aspire to tolerance when what we should really aspire to is inclusion? Because tolerance is typically artificial. It’s insincere, and that doesn’t get us to where we want to be."

Michael Reed, Williams College

"The democratic process is not meant to exclude, but rather it is meant to include all in the process."

Todd C. Chapman, Acting Chief Mission, U.S. Embassy, Mozambique

"Political inclusiveness is a core component of good governance, and the addition of people represented by civil society and private sector organisations is key to ensuring this."

African Civil Society Essential for Good Governance

"There cannot be social development without financial inclusion."

Manuel Mendez Del Rio, Chairman, Fundación Microfinanzas BBVA

 "When the world was separated into various tribes and nations, each developed its own story, reflecting the wisdom of their times and environment. Today, to survive, we need a new story, one that is inclusive of all of humanity and, even more importantly, that transcends human isolationism and honors the entire earth community."

Rev. Vicky Elder, Senior Minister, Unity of Monterey


"The term, ‘inclusive education’, widely used in recent times, is usually thought to imply education for students with perceptible disabilities (hearing/visual impairment, cerebral palsy, intellectual impairment). This is inaccurate. Inclusive education means a system of education that is progressive and flexible enough to meet the diverse needs of all students, including those with disabilities. Inclusion is an ongoing process of school reform that is beneficial to all students — bright, average, not so bright, and those who have exceptional or special educational needs."
Reena Sen, Director, Training and Research, Institute of Cerebral Palsy, Calcutta, India

"Inclusion enhances self-esteem and promotes acceptance, understanding, and friendship. Communities in which all children and youth are included are healthier, more balanced, and beneficial for all members.”
Kristen Zechello, Chairman, SEPAC

"The success of any democracy depends on the inclusion of all citizens and the recognition that we all have duties to fulfil and rights to protect."
Cardinal Wilfrid Napier, Spokesman, Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference

"Inclusion is the art of ensuring that people feel welcomed and celebrated for exactly who they are. This means that all differences (e.g. age, sexual orientation, class, faith, ability, gender identity size, ethnicity, etc), are viewed as unique gifts that an individual can offer to a group or community."
Serena Belliveau-Townend, Grade 10, Carihi Secondary School, British Columbia

“It (inclusion) fosters the development of social skills for children with and without disabilities through interaction, collaboration, and peer learning. Inclusion enhances self-esteem and promotes acceptance, understanding, and friendship. Communities in which all children and youth are included are healthier, more balanced, and beneficial for all members.”
Kristen Zechello, SEPAC

“For me, inclusion is about equality of participation. It is about being an equal partner in the decision making process."
Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, Northern Ireland/North of Ireland

“Inclusivity is the fundamental building block of democracy. Democracies, by their very nature, bind a diverse body of citizens to a unified political framework that includes and protects them irrespective of their beliefs.”
Arye Carmon, President, Israel Democracy Institute

"Financial exclusion is the inability, difficulty or reluctance to access appropriate, mainstream financial services.  It is both a symptom and a cause of poverty and can manifest in many ways: lack of access to bank accounts, unemployment, limited access to pensions and insurance, limited access to advice, arrears of rent, utilities and council tax, fuel poverty, the inability to save even small amounts, and doorstep lending."

Jon Land

"Inclusion is an umbrella that keeps us dry when the downpours of life occur."

Linda S. Wallace

“I believe firmly that life is a lot better when you include all different kinds of people. Everybody has value and something to contribute to the world. It makes things a lot better when we include everybody.”

Sandy Streid, Potentials Unlimited Performance Troop

"Companies often interchange the terms `diversity` and `inclusion.` In reality, I believe diversity is the mix, and inclusion is making the mix work. In other words, many companies have gotten very good at getting the right mix of people in the door, but have been unprepared for how to make that more complex mix work once it comes together. Companies have been good at creating a workforce that looks different, but they aren`t adequately prepared for a workforce that thinks differently. They`ve fallen short when it comes to understanding how to develop a corporate culture where all employees feel included, respected, comfortable and able to do their best work."

Andres Tapia, Chief Diversity Officer, Hewitt Associates

"We believe one of the tools to spur financial inclusion is not a product - it is knowledge."

Joseph W. Saunders Chairman/CEO, Visa

"We are less when we don't include everyone."

Stuart Milk

"Education is the key to developing an attitude of inclusion. The practice of inclusion provides the model of acceptance, belonging, participation, worth and dignity."
Janis Jaffe-White and Reva Schafer, Toronto Family Network

"Government should be a model of inclusion."
Governor David Paterson, New York

"Democracy is supposed to be emancipatory and a check against the misuse of political power. Everybody should therefore be included in the political life of the community with no one group always finding itself on the losing side. One group's liberty should never be at the expense of another's. Thorough deliberation and the contestability of ideas is an essential characteristic of the democratic process which inevitably works best when it is inclusively structured."
Dr. Dominic O'Sullivan, Charles Sturt University, Australia

“If every child matters, every child has the right to a good start in life. If every child matters, every child has the right to be included. And that is so important for children with special needs."
Cherie Blair

“It is essential for a community to embrace a policy and ethos of inclusivity because this is the most effective antidote to division and conflict.”
Church of Ireland Primate Archbishop Alan Harper

"The idea of inclusivity does not mean a dilution of identity or a dimunition of cultural ties and loyalties. On the contrary, it requires an ability to seek out those factors which nations, peoples and communities have in common. Perhaps the most obvious of these is a shared humanity."
Inclusivity key to a bright future

“If we cannot imagine a court where every justice is a gay woman of color, then we do not yet really believe that black, brown, gay and women citizens are truly, fully citizens. Our belief in the validity of white, male courts is centered in our understanding of white men as appropriate political decision makers. A truly inclusive democracy must push that understanding to include all citizens as equally capable of full participation."
Melissa Harris-Lacewell, Professor, Princeton

“Dance should be a completely inclusive experience. There isn’t anyone who should be excluded from the opportunity to join a dance. Literally no one.”
Jose Mateo, Choreographer

“Outreach is when a bunch of white guys hide in a room, make up a policy and call three friends who are black or Latino; inclusion is when they're in the room with you designing the policy.”

Newt Gingrich

"Inclusion is the process of involving and valuing all people in an environment regardless of their differences."

Jaimie Timmons, Sheila Fesko, Allison Hall

“Being socially included means having the opportunities, the resources and the capabilities to participate in this way - to learn, work, engage in the community and have a voice.”

Julia Gillard, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Social Inclusion, Australia

"In today's world we can progress as a civil society only when we have an inclusive approach and recognize each other's strengths."

Oscar Fernandes, Nelson Mandela Award Recipient

"We progress as a nation through acceptance and inclusiveness, not prejudice and debasement."

Norm Mondrick

"Truth be told, inclusion will not guarantee that children with disabilities will be able to be caught up to grade level in school work. Some will and some won't. But making that the main objective misses the point. Inclusive education means that children will be included, made to feel valued and provide others with the opportunity to appreciate those who are different from themselves."

Jeffrey Rudski, Professor of Psychology, Muhlenberg College

“Core to the concept of a new-era university is the notion of inclusivity."

Professor Roy Marcus, University of Johannesburg