January 8, 2020

The Origins of Pushback Against Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, with Sara Taylor

Episode 30:

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.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • Why increasing diversity, equity, inclusion and cultural competence in the workplace adds rather than detracts from the organization
  • How teaching people to improve their cultural competence gives them new tools to approach challenges and situations
  • Why these new tools only serve to add to a person’s existing filters but don’t take away from them, and why fear is often the root of pushback
  • Why increasing cultural competency doesn’t mean catering to groups whose purpose is to polarize, such as ISIS or the Ku Klux Klan
  • How organizations focused on polarization are trapped in the second stage of cultural competence, and how the best response to their ideology is to find commonality
  • Why diversity, equity and inclusion work means rejecting polarization and doesn’t mean accepting every group

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