Persistent Dust

     "I like the idea of all," Melody, our company's information analyst said to the group during our first team meeting of the year. "But, I just don't see myself included there in the list." Her eyes shifted to the screen where our team's mission statement was displayed, the words "for all" highlighted with a list underneath: 

Students

Teachers

Leaders 

Community

    The director, who'd been leading the meeting, was quiet for a moment. "I see what you're saying," she said finally, with a slight touch of impatience in her tone. "But when we wrote this together, that's why we added the word community." 

    Melody, not one to end an argument after just one rebuke, seemed to be calculating whether or not a lengthy dissertation was worth the effort to change the already-agreed-upon mission statement. Before she could decide, another hand raised. It was Kashif, a new member of the team who'd just been introduced to the group that morning. 

    "It seems that if even one person feels excluded from your list, then you aren't really including all," he said, looking around the room at us as he spoke. Being the only person of color in a room full of mostly white women, his words seemed to blanket us -- heavy over our heads for a moment -- and then settled like a persistent layer of dust, again needing to be wiped away. 

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  1. Just wondering how things played out. I understand the feeling of not being included, but what if others would feel excluded when reading the final document? I would think that some all inclusive term would be fine as a way of making sure no one was left out.

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