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We are seeing the limits of diversity

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By illuminem briefings 🌎

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🗞️ Driving the news: Increased diversity in top positions across government and major institutions in the U.S. does not necessarily translate to more progressive policies or change within these institutions
Despite the assumption that more inclusion of minorities and women would lead to equitable policies, recent actions, such as the defense of Israel's policies by people of color in the Biden administration, challenge this view

🔭 The context: The belief that greater diversity among leadership would inherently shift institutions toward more progressive stances is widespread
Democratic politicians often emphasize their identity connections, suggesting they will advocate strongly for those groups. However, the presence of minorities and women in power does not always equate to institutional change or more progressive policies

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The discussion around diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is crucial for creating equitable and sustainable environments across all sectors
 However, the distinction between diversity and real equitable change is essential for addressing broader issues such as climate justice, social equity, and environmental sustainability

⏭️ What's next: The path to achieving truly progressive policies and institutional change involves more than just diversifying leadership
  It requires fundamental shifts in the power dynamics within these institutions and possibly creating or supporting alternative institutions that align more closely with progressive values

💬 One quote: "While we are touted as the most diverse administration in history, it feels very disillusioning to see that leadership doesn’t listen when we counter the policy decisions they are making," said a Jewish Biden administration staffer to Jewish Currents

📈 One stat: No specific statistics are provided, but the piece reflects on the broader reality that increasing diversity in leadership roles has not always led to progressive policy changes.

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