33rd Annual Conference

March 8-12, 2021


Not Your Typical Talk on Religion: What DEI Advocates Need to Do

20-minute Trend Talk

Day 2

Session Code: TT-2B
When: March 9, 2021
Level: Intermediate
Track: Critical Employment Practices
Presenter: Mushim Ikeda, Independent DE&I Consultant


From a DEI perspective, religion is relatively simple. In a globalized world, and considering that gigantic international religion-based wars have been present in human societies going back to the Crusades (at least), religion — including atheism as a form of religion — is a dimension of diversity that simultaneously provides the basis for mass actions of social harmony as well as the basis for hatred, xenophobia and divisiveness.

This session will unpack that premise and provide guidance on how DEI practitioners can address religion in the workplace beyond mitigating damage from conflicts over holiday decorations and food, or providing a prayer room. Those are important and a vital part of religion in the workplace, but there is so much more.

Learning Outcomes

• Examine the ways religion impacts work
• Provide standards/benchmarks for addressing religion in the workplace
• Encourage DEI advocates to address religion in the workplace to achieve understanding and support

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