Religious, Secular and Spiritual Identities and the Necessity of Equitable Policies and Practices
Day 2Session Code: S3-I
When: March 11, 2020
Track: Higher Education
Presenter: Dr. J. Cody Nielsen, Convergence on Campus
Businesses across North America are full of employees who, in a changing world, now identify as something other than Christian. Some are private about their spiritual identities, others reject religious labels. Some are agnostic, atheist, humanists, skeptics or simply uninterested. And still others are Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, Bahá’í or any one of literally hundreds of traditions. And all of them should be protected not just by the First Amendment, but also by employers who value their identities, even in those organizations that are complex and require considerable reflection in order to value them.
This workshop is designed to help us to reflect together on how employers can provide an environment which values these identities. Together, we will explore the ways in which employee morale, retention and satisfaction can be enhanced by policies and practices that support the diverse beliefs and practices of its community.
- Acquire a comprehensive understanding of the terminologies of “religious, secular and spiritual”
- Gain the ability to pinpoint specific outcomes which will be affected by more inclusive and effective policies
- Learn specific examples of policy “quick-wins”