Multicultural Empowerment: Updating our Efforts to Keep Up with the Next Generation
Day 2Session Code: S1-G
When: April 17, 2019
Location/Room: M 101 AB
Track: D&I Strategy
Presenter: Athena Hollins, Minnesota State Bar Association
A cursory review of current diversity and inclusion studies shows that the United States remains stuck in a false dichotomy of black/brown versus white. Meanwhile, multiracial individuals make up one of the fastest-growing demographics in the U.S.
Within a matter of years, current policies and practices that rely on racial or ethnic classifications will be obsolete. Even now, companies and organizations that are attempting to be inclusive may be inadvertently denying their employees’ multicultural identities by leaning heavily on the idea of mono-cultural identities.
In lieu of our traditional approaches, organizations must devise a strategy of multicultural empowerment, which recognizes race as just one of the many facets of a much more complex and nuanced identity.
- Determine the most important aspects of multicultural identities in your particular organization/industry
- Identify gaps in your organization’s measures of culture and diversity
- Create a road map for introducing more nuanced diversity and inclusion efforts into your organization