When we talk about belonging versus fitting in, let’s remember:
- Inclusive spaces means creating a space where more people have the opportunity to feel like they belong.
- Fitting in takes a lot of energy from the individual. Belonging may take special effort from the community, but it requires a lot less energy from the individual.
- The people who create the norms of a group/environment have the responsibility to consider who feels they belong & who is simply fitting in.