June 16, 2021

The Evolution of DEI Work, Sara Taylor

Episode 87:

The Evolution of DEI Work

What You Will Learn:

  • Why it is important to reflect on how DEI work has evolved in the workplace, from when intentional DEI work began to the present
  • Why the intentionality to seek greater Diversity within the workforce is a more recent phenomenon, beginning with Affirmative Action
  • How DEI work began with a focus on Diversity and equality primarily in recruitment, and how inclusion was added around 25 years ago
  • How Equity is the most recent aspect of DEI work, and how it focuses on going beyond the concept of “equality” to achieve true parity
  • Why it is important to identify the systems of bias and our individual biases within our organizations to progress toward parity
  • Why developing our cultural competence is the starting point for DEI work, so that we can begin to recognize biases and inequities in our organizations for what they are

DEI Work

About Sara Taylor

Sara Taylor earned a master’s degree in Diversity and Organizational Development from the University of Minnesota. She served as a leadership and diversity specialist at the University of Minnesota for five years and as director of diversity and inclusion for Ramsey County, Minnesota for three years.

Sara is the founder and president of deepSEE Consulting and has worked with companies as large as Coca-Cola, General Mills, 3M Company, AARP, and numerous others. She has a new book, “Filter Shift: How Effective People See the World,” that explores how our unconscious is actually making choices and decisions for us, all without our knowing — and how to change that.

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