DEI Initiatives vs. Anti-Racism Work: Which Is Better?
Dana Brownlee, author of The Unwritten Rules of Managing and senior contributor for Forbes Careers, joins Dr. Vanessa Weaver to speak about the differences between diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives in the workplace and anti-racism work.
In this Episode
· A brief introduction to Dana Brownlee and her work in the space of diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, anti-racism work and the differences between the two spheres of work
· A breakdown of DEI initiatives and why they can sometimes fail professionals of color, particularly Black professionals through a lack of analysis on systemic racism and its effects on the workplace, in addition to centering DEI initiatives around white workers
· The “three ingredients” to creating productive conversations surrounding racial equality and justice inside and outside of the workplace, including racial literacy, humility, and racial stamina, as well as the challenges of teaching racial literacy in a way that is accurate to American history
· The hostility and negative pushback that Dana has received in her work on DEI initiatives and anti-racism efforts and how she has managed to overcome them, on top of positive feedback that she has received for her work
· What corporations, government agencies, and non-profits can do to continue the dialogue of racism in their spaces and how to better promote anti-racism within the workplace
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