Diversity & Inclusion Training
is NOT Optional
Once again for the cheap seats; there is a demand for Diversity and Inclusion training. If you’ve been thinking about it as an “optional” training, or one you’d “like” to include in your training repertoire, I’m going to give you reality check; this is not something that is going to go away. It’s not a fad. Our workforce is increasingly diverse, and those who are preparing to enter the workforce are “woke AF”.
Millennials and Gen Z’ers are often labeled as self-centered, overly dependent on technology, and detached from the world outside themselves. While there are elements of truth in most stereotypes, minimizing these groups into such characterizations could mislead you in a way that will leave you ill-prepared to recruit and retain the best and brightest of the younger and upcoming workforce.
Let’s take a look at the latest blaring example of the importance of diversity and inclusion to the youngest generation. This month, students at Syracuse University made it clear that they’d had enough. After a series of racist incidents, including racist graffiti, an incident of a student yelling racial epithets, and a racially derogatory email circulated on campus, a perceived delayed response by university officials prompted students to organize a series of protests. Although Governor Cuomo called for the New York State Police Hate Crimes Task Force, and the State Division of Human Rights to help with investigations following the first incident, the university Chancellor acknowledged the university’s unacceptable delay in notifying the community that the incidents had taken place.
In addition to protests, students submitted a list of 18 short and long-term demands for university officials. Demands included, mandatory faculty and staff diversity training, as well as allocating $1 million for the creation of a curriculum to educate the campus on diversity issues. Further, the demands came with a deadline for university officials to address the demands. Failure to meet the demands would prompt the submission of a petition for the resignation of the Chancellor.
This is just the latest high-profile example illustrating that when it comes to intolerance, the most diverse generation of young adults are not having it. While you may be tempted to buy into the stereotypes that millennials and Gen Z’ers don’t care about anything but themselves, doing so will have you missing out on a group of highly educated, articulate, and dare-I-say-it, compassionate young workforce. From this Gen Xer to the younger generations; I thank you for doing the hard work to move us in a positive direction. The rest of us will be well-served to follow your example.
Don’t be fooled into thinking a “canned” or “one-off” training will get you where you need to be. It won’t. In fact, it will likely get you an eye-roll. If you don’t know where to begin, don’t worry! We’re your partners in creating customized diversity and inclusion training that will result in a culture conducive to attracting and keeping the best and brightest. Reach out to us via our Techpeopleresources.com contact page, by phone, or through any of our social media platforms which can be found on our website.
Your employees will thank you!