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Moving Beyond Diversity Toward Racial Equity

Joel Lesko
June 24, 2020

Ben Hecht has posted an excellent article in HBR.

"As anti-racism protests sweep the United States, it’s clear that returning to “business as usual” will not be good for business. And yet while it’s clear current corporate diversity efforts are lacking, business leaders (particularly white ones) aren’t sure what next steps to take. One solution is to move from trying to change some people to fit the organization to focusing  on transforming our organizations to fit all people. Doing this work requires understanding how power works and using it for change; ensuring that conflict is understood and embraced as part of the process; and committing to learning and long-term transformation."

Read the entire poster here: 
https://hbr.org/2020/06/moving-beyond-diversity-toward-racial-equity

So, to build a new, more inclusive culture, we first needed to be able to see the norms, values, and practices in our institutions that advantage white people and ways of working, to the exclusion and oppression of all others. And he lays out the main points in these headings: 
Understand How Power Works and Use it for Change
Conflict Must be Understood and Embraced as Part of the Process
Commit to Ongoing Learning and Long-Term Transformation

Please review our Inclusion in Action e-Learning course that trains in 9 foundational skills that help organizations communicate and collaborate across differences and similarities.

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