Strengthening the Community through DE&I

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Resource Guide

Let’s make a difference, together. We have compiled a guide with resources to help your organization at whatever stage in the DE&I journey you are in.

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The Business Case for Diversity

We’ve heard organizations say, “We need to think about DE&I because it’s the right thing to do.” But, it’s not just the right thing to do. Diversity, equity and inclusion genuinely underpins business performance. Diverse teams are better able to help their companies and the economic mobility of individual employees. By 2050, the U.S. stands to gain $8 trillion in GDP by closing the nation’s racial equity gap. Lessening and eliminating disparities for others benefits everyone.

Your company should be aware of these reports to inform your DE&I pursuit:

In case you missed it

Top Takeaways from the 2021 DE&I Conference

The second-annual DE&I Conference set out with motivation to make the right moves and take actionable steps towards solutions. Although the details and valuable knowledge from these speakers could make an entire website on its own, here are few of the highlights from the day.

Book of the Month

Hidden Talent

Edited by Mark L. Lengnick-Hall

Despite the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990, many forms of discrimination against people with disabilities are still practiced, denying opportunity for employees, as well as the employers who might hire and support them. Based on a multi-year research project by a team of experts in human resource management, economics, and communications, Hidden Talent showcases the innovative practices of organizations that are actively hiring, training, and retaining people with disabilities―and thriving as a result.

How to Create Inclusivity and Belonging in the Workplace

Creating a sense of inclusivity and belonging in a work environment could be the difference between retaining an employee or having them quit with a salty taste in their mouth. It’s that simple. “In a recent community needs assessment, we found that 55% of LGBTQ+ respondencts in our region felt like they couldn’t be themselves at work.” -Chase Glenn, Executive Director for the Alliance for Full Acceptance (AFFA) Learn practical ways to create a culture of belonging in your workplace.

  • Diversity Dialogues
  • Recruit & Retain
  • Team Meetings
  • Measuring DE&I

Diversity Dialogues

Leaders around the country have stepped up to create safe spaces for their employees to have courageous conversations about social justice, race and other difficult issues. These dialogues are important if organizations want to create inclusive workplaces where all people feel a sense of belonging. 

Recruitment & Retention

As more and more companies realize the benefit of having more diverse teams, they are starting to turn their attention to hiring and retaining the best of the best from people of diverse lived experiences and educational backgrounds. However, some employers are unsure how to develop an intentional recruitment and retention strategy that will attract top talent to their organizations. 

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Team Meeting Content

Leaving an organization’s diversity efforts to the diversity leadership or human resources team simply isn’t an option. DE&I is not just an HR function, and just because someone has “diversity” in their title doesn’t mean it is solely their responsibility. DE&I must be modeled in your organization and tie into your core values. Making DE&I part of your culture, part of the everyday ways people engage with each other, is crucial. Team meetings are a good time to gauge your teams DE&I IQ through activities and conversations.

Measuring DE&I

To ensure that companies are moving beyond performative diversity, equity and inclusion, it is imperative that leaders identify relevant metrics to measure progress. Determining metrics for DE&I can sometimes be difficult, but we have provided a few resources to help you get started. You’ll also find some sample DE&I dashboards. 

Suggested Reading / Watching

Books

The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters by Priya Parker Better Allies: Everyday Actions to Create Inclusive, Engaging Workspaces by Karen Catlin Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do by Jennifer Eberhardt Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People by Anthony Greenwald and Mahzarin Banaji Gender: Your Guide: A Gender-Friendly Primer on What to Know, What to Say, and What to Do in the New Gender Culture by Lee Airton How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X Kendi Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin Unbought and Unbossed by Shirley Chisholm

Videos

Intentional Leadership with Anton Gunn   Connecting Communities and Companies with Darrin Goss   Moving Beyond Performative Diversity and Inclusion with E3 Consulting   Gender Equity and the Impacts of COVID-19 by Jamie Tozzi

ICYMI: Integrating Equitable Opportunities for a Diverse Workforce