Participants: Holly, Marvin, Loretta
The group discussed situations where organizations may be open to having a more diverse staff (and even have experience working in cross-cultural situations), but are having difficulty actually changing. Strategies to move things along may include:
Engage people in conversation (talk and listen).
- Share experiences of being an "insider" and "outsider"
- Explore costs of changing and costs of not changing
- Understand realities (e.g. how diverse can you get if the pool of people you have to work with is not very diverse?)
- Identify conditions that can be changed/improved to make organization more inviting to recruit and retain diverse people
- Build on common ground/passions that bring people to the organization in the first place
Role of person pursuing diversity
- May be useful to be an outsider (at least a newcomer)
- Advocate (not an activist)
- Point out conditions that others may be too close to and therefore don't see
- What are my motivations and experience
- What can I do to make a difference (e.g. how do I set an example)