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Diversity and Inclusion Programs Don’t Cause Divisiveness, They Respond to Divisions

When an organization commits to creating a more diverse workforce and inclusive environment, one common criticism is that doing so causes divisiveness and unnecessary friction. This criticism can be expressed directly or it can manifest as an undercurrent of unstated resistance. Similar resistance often shows up in response to conversations about race. It often stems…

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Reason #5 Why Your Diversity Initiative Is Doomed

Training is a frequent, and often necessary, component of any successful diversity and inclusiveness (D&I) initiative, and hiring an external firm to deliver workshops is often a wise business decision. However, it can easily be a waste of money and the precious time participants spend away from their offices if the partner you select is inadequate or…

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Strategically Increasing Diversity vs. “We’re Too White”

One of the many positive effects of #BlackLivesMatter and the broader visibility of police violence against black people in the U.S. is an increased motivation among white people and their organizations to do something. I recently had yet another conversation with an organizational leader about “doing something,” specifically “increasing our diversity,” which is code for…

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Unconscious Bias Training Is Anti-Racism Training

Unconscious bias training is in. It’s neat; it incorporates lots of cool new science. It’s sexy; it incorporates lots of cool images and eye opening exercises. It’s trendy; all the cool kids are doing it. And it’s safe; no one talks about racism. That’s where the legitimate criticism comes in. As with other “in” diversity…

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6 Ways to Set Training Up for Success

I work almost exclusively with adults, but it wasn’t always that way. A challenge that often shows up in my work with adults is a species of self-criticism that I don’t see as much in children. There’s a weird expectation that somehow we adults are supposed to just know how to communicate effectively, navigate conflict,…

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A New Conversation about Diversity…That Gets Results!

Would you like to talk about diversity? How about race? Social determinants of health? In some arenas like social justice and public health, these are usually not just safe topics, but ones we want to dive right into, head first! But how do you find others outside of these arenas react to topics like “diversity”…

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