Addressing Marginalization: Redirecting Strategies of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace

Wednesday, 08/28/2019
2:00 PM EST - 3:00 PM EST

Event Info

Wednesday, August 28th, 2:00-3:00PM EST

Host: Stanford Social Innovation Review

Summary of Webinar: Growing evidence indicates that the social sector is using stale and superficial approaches to diversity, leaving it ambling along without meaningful alterations toward improvement. Diversity checkboxes have been used time and time again with both good and ill intentions, ranging from reducing inequality to driving even more marginalization. Yet even when the social sector employs checkboxes to increase representation of the underrepresented, it ultimately misses the point of deeply understanding differences for genuine, impactful collaboration. It also causes unintended and lasting harm, and ignites frustration and disappointment.

In this complimentary SSIR Live! webinar, we will critically examine contemporary discussions around diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Three leaders from three related sectors — international nonprofits, social impact consulting, and technology/information activism — will join hands to unpack key complex issues related to addressing marginalization in organizations, such as welcoming different lived experiences, creating belonging, and halting assimilation. This webinar will review the costs of doing “business-as-usual DEI,” including the forced assimilation processes within organizations that may be hidden or poorly understood. It will further open up a space for reimagining a solution to the historically-grounded, neocolonial roots of marginalization, and offer guidelines for shifting power imbalances and dynamics, by celebrating plurality in individuals’ values, skills, and behaviors, and eventually breaking away from archaic technocratic and managerial approaches to organizational processes.

As a social sector leader, you will receive guidance on approaches to observe and reflect on the effects of DEI efforts, identify and embrace differences, and redirect practices designed for convergent thinking and action.

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