Wellcome is trying to make a difference by listening and learning, making the case for diversity and inclusion, removing unconscious bias from recruitment and selection, and embedding inclusion into the organisational culture. Wellcome is working with thought-leaders such as Stephen Frost on building a truly inclusive organisation.
For those who want to be a pro-active ally to LGBT+ and other under-represented communities, Wellcome recommends:
- Call out homophobic, biphobic, transphobic and racist language – be an active ally.
- Share with your colleagues why you are an ally – be an open ally.
- Attend LGBTQ+ events and networks – be a visible ally.
- Read more, engage and education yourself - be an educated ally.
“Everyone is worried about something,” Jim reminded us. “For me, I have a stutter. When I was young it was awful. Occasionally I still feel nervous when I speak and some sounds are difficult even today - particularly ‘Jim’! Fundamentally, you can’t give your full attention to something if you’re constantly worried you won’t be accepted for who you are.”
At Wellcome, Jim has benefited from reverse diverse mentoring, a scheme in which three or four people, representing aspects of diversity including LGBT+, race, gender or disability, join senior leaders over six sessions. “We explored what life is like at work and elsewhere and what problems they have day-to-day. It was immensely informative to see things from a different point of view—the scales fall from your eyes. It was extraordinary,” enthused Jim.