Seeking Solutions to Our Own Ethnocentrism: Addressing the My-Approach-Is-Better-Than-Your-Approach D&I Contest
Day 3Session Code: S6-I
When: April 12, 2018
Location/Room: 200 IJ
Track: Innovation & Transformation
Presenters: Julie O’Mara, The Centre for Global Inclusion | Simma Lieberman, Simma Lieberman Consulting | Steve Hanamura, Hanamura Consulting, Inc. | Dr. Niru Kumar, Ask Insights | Duncan Smith, ADC Associates | Nadia Younes, EDGE Strategy
Join colleagues to learn how D&I professionals can respect different approaches rather than negate their value and effectiveness. We must learn to cross the self-imposed boundary of working in silos. Social justice folks have been heard to say: “Corporate D&I folks have sold out.” Corporate folks have been heard to say: “A social justice approach is too soft.” Some fear that if a spirituality or moral approach is used to foster diversity, business people will revolt and “shut down the D&I department.” Compliance advocates believe compliance is where the rubber meets the road. D&I professionals sometimes operate in silos, competing rather than collaborating for limited resources…and sometimes disrespecting each other—definitely not modeling inclusion.
After a brief, fun, but poignant, dramatization of the five approaches of our field, join colleagues to determine how we must face our own ethnocentrism to achieve the end result of working together to achieve the ultimate goals of D&I.
- Explore and reflect on ethnocentrism and how it negatively impacts our own behavior and the D&I profession.
- Develop actions to support and collaborate with all D&I approaches; dig deep to eliminate the conflicts among approaches.
- Apply this learning to other silos and ethnocentric behaviors in your organization.