Changing Our Culture with New Diversity Workshop - VA North Texas Health Care System
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Changing Our Culture with New Diversity Workshop

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Diversity means different things to different people. But diversity is exactly that, being different. Being sensitive to diversity is a commitment to recognizing and appreciating the various characteristics that create a unique environment that promotes and recognizes individual talents. 

In case you are wondering what diversity looks like, here are the most common attributes:

  • Race
  • Ethnicity
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Gender Identity
  • Veteran Status
  • Socioeconomic Status
  • Physical Ability
  • Religious Beliefs
  • Political Beliefs

Diversity also encompasses education, skills and professional experience. Some of the benefits of diversity are that it creates respect and mutual understanding for other individuals, allows for different perspective and helps improve work morale. 

The Department of Veterans Affairs is committed to creating a highly qualified diverse workforce that will not only show outstanding performance, but a workforce that will also reflect the diversity of the public it serves.

VA North Texas Health Care System has zero tolerance for discrimination and we want Veterans to know their service is honored here.

For the next several months, all of our employees will be taking the Sensitivity to Diversity Workshop. This training will teach them how to recognize and appreciate diversity and how to handle different scenarios they may encounter in the workplace.

In the workshop, employees will learn how to:

  • Communicate properly with Veterans
  • Show Veterans respect at all times
  • Be accountable for their actions

We have one of the noblest missions in the federal government. Every single day, we have the opportunity to make a difference in someone's life. Not just any someone, a Veteran of the United States of America. We know what their service means to our Nation.

When Veterans come to us for their health care, they will receive "the best care anywhere" from professionals who respect them as individuals.

After all, we owe them what we know they deserve and that's courtesy, dignity and respect.



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