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We're doing DEI wrong

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By illuminem briefings

· 2 min read

illuminem summarizes for you the essential news of the day. Read the full piece on Business Insider or enjoy below:

🗞️ Driving the news: A professional shares a personal journey from the complexities of foster care due to mixed racial heritage to becoming a chief diversity officer in major corporations
• This narrative underscores the ongoing challenges and resistance faced by diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives in the United States, amidst a backdrop of decreasing DEI roles and a contentious societal debate over affirmative action and meritocracy

🔭 The context: Affirmative action, rooted in the civil rights movements of the 1960s, aimed to combat discrimination and ensure fair employment practices
• Despite progress, recent years have seen a rollback in DEI efforts, fueled by Supreme Court decisions and a growing narrative against DEI under the guise of upholding meritocracy, despite evident systemic biases

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: DEI programs are not just moral and ethical imperatives but also key to business success and innovation
• They address historical injustices and work towards creating a more equitable society. Moreover, the workplace serves as a critical arena for diverse interactions, essential for a healthy democracy

⏭️ What's next: The future of DEI hinges on integrating these initiatives into the core business strategies of companies, going beyond superficial measures to embed equity and inclusion into the fabric of organizational culture
• This approach promises not only to enhance competitive advantage but also to mend societal divides

💬 One quote: "Doing what is right is inextricably linked to the idea of America," reflecting the enduring struggle for equality and justice that defines the nation's history and its aspirations for the future

📈 One stat: DEI roles in America have decreased by 8% this year, signaling a worrying trend in the commitment of corporations to diversity and inclusion efforts.

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