How to Nurture Diversity Efforts Over the Long Haul
Ensure the work continues once injustice fades from headlines
If the urgency of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the workplace can be measured by public commitments, the past several months have been a watershed moment. Organizations are developing plans for more inclusive workspaces, reevaluating their criteria for awards and hiring DEI consultants at high rates.
But this isn’t the first surge of attention to DEI in organizations, and past efforts have often slowed after initial gains were made. The question now is how associations can keep their commitments once the news spotlight has dimmed.
“Organizations are part of the larger society, and therefore they reflect what’s going on in society—and sometimes it may be that organizations are helping to lead,” said Cie Armstead, director of diversity and inclusion at the American College of Healthcare Executives, who has worked in DEI for more than 20 years.
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