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Five Ways to Improve Diversity and Inclusion in Your HIV Service Organization
Daniel J. Downer

In my previous article for TheBodyPro, I was critical of how tokenism and other forms of racism show up in HIV service organizations. And while some saw it as a call out, for me, it was a call in to HIV service organizations on the need to be intentional when it comes to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Acknowledging intersectionality — the reality that we live within a system of overlapping and interdependent privileges and disadvantages — is a first step toward truly addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion at HIV service organizations. But how can we make acknowledging intersectionality not just a conversation, but use it to implement a practice of equality and justice? We can start by making relatively simple changes that center our work at the intersections of race, gender, sexual orientation, ableism, and implicit bias.

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