The Leadership in Diversity Group
Moreover, for the dance to be successful, the ballroom (institution) may need renovating and retrofitting; the current dance instructors (i.e., faculty, staff, managers, administrators) should begin teaching new dance steps and moves to create an inclusive environment for the new dancers; and it would also be beneficial to recruit new dance instructors who embody the benefits of diversity by bringing innovative and distinct music and dance routines that lead to more creative dancing.
In the end, a successful dance will require that ballroom leadership - presidents, provosts, vice-presidents, and deans - send a powerful message signaling that diversity, inclusion, and change are critical to the viability and vitality of the institution.
Verna Myers, outstanding speaker on diversity, was the first to coin the metaphor of diversity and the dance. (https://vernamyers.com)
Verna Myers, a noted speaker on diversity, posits that diversity is like being invited to a dance whereas inclusiveness is being asked to dance.