"Why Diversity and Inclusion Matters"
Why Diversity and Inclusion Matters For Your Organization
Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) in the workplace must go beyond “crayon box” policies focusing on increasing demographic representation in age, gender, sexual orientation and ethnic background. True workplace D&I requires a commitment to deep systemic change on the intrapersonal, interpersonal and institutional levels.
But why does D&I matter for you and your organization?
A 2018 McKinsey&Company study analyzed the data from over 1,000 organizations covering 12 countries and found that there is a direct “correlation between diversity (defined here as a greater
proportion of women and ethnically/culturally diverse individuals) in the leadership of large companies and financial outperformance”. Many leading organizations know this and have started to implement D&I programs in their organization; you may be tasked with ensuring the success of one of these programs.
According to diversity and inclusion expert, Curtis Linton, the success of any D&I program depends on the organization’s “ability to create an effective framework that guides all decisions, practices, and policies” around D&I. Without this clear framework, Linton maintains that any policies put in place will not have sustainable success.
Many D&I consultants will tell you that quotas and demographic representation are proof of D&I; in reality, these only lead to the appearance of D&I. My workshops, online training programs, and long-term policy consultation will help your organization create an effective D&I framework that will guide all decisions, practices, and policies around relationships, expectations, rigor, and relevance.
More specifically, working with me will help your organization:
Improve trust and relationships within the organization, forming the foundation for deep D&I work.
Create a custom D&I Framework that explicitly lays out the expectations that the organization has around D&I.
Create realistic accountability practices to ensure that D&I change is system-wide and institutionally enacted.
Integrate relevant skills and practices that members of the organization can use in real time to help achieve their D&I goals.
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Justin Campbell is a diversity and inclusion specialist based in Los Angeles, CA. He also works as a junior associate trainer with Allied Path Consulting in San Francisco, CA. His workshops and trainings in both the private and public sector have helped numerous organizations recognize how rich and dynamic their multiracial, inclusive spaces already are. Justin has led these workshops in cities across the country on topics such as the roots of systemic oppression, cultural humility, calling in vs. calling out, and how to have courageous conversations in the workplace. He is also a certified trauma professional who integrates a trauma-informed perspective into each workshop and training.