Diversity Issues

Confronting Bias in all it Forms

We can all contribute to eradicating all forms of discriminatory practices by confronting individuals or group perpetrators by our response to their behavior, especially when they are caught in the act. It could be done in several ways such as:

Calling individual or group out on such behaviors

Creating a diverse group that is truly inclusive with the purpose of exposing discriminatory practices (whether they occur overtly and covertly). Engaging diverse groups through questioning, answering and clarification driven engagements could be effective to changing things and providing learning opportunities to correct inadvertent bias driven behaviors. As we engage in these efforts, we must remember the powerful words of Margaret Mead when she stated,

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

For example, if John makes racial or gender bias statements. To such statements, Jim, (John’s friend may say), John,  you make me uncomfortable when you make statements that could be characterized as bias to anyone, especially those whose lives have been directly or indirectly impacted by similar comments.   In her article, Ellen Vessels provides techniques though which gender stereotypes could be confronted. I believe that the strategies Ellen provided could be replicated when dealing with other forms of biases/stereotypes. To read more of Ellen’s article click on the site: http://tinyurl.com/kmeewqv

 

 

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Dr. Joseph Nwoye
Dr. Joseph Nwoye has been a university administrator and faculty member for over twelve years. Within those years, he served as assistant professor and director of urban education for over five years. He also served as the director of the Multicultural Center and coordinator of the Urban Mentorship Program at Illinois State University. Dr. Nwoye earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Marketing, Masters in Business Administration, Master’s in Education, and Doctorate in Education. He has researched extensively policies and practices on issues associated with diversity and inclusion. His workshops in the areas of cultural intelligence and belief formation process are essential for any organization that truly wants to employ the synergy associated with diversity and inclusion in the workplace. In addition, Dr. Nwoye has provided consult to several organizations that are genuinely making efforts to diversify the work force while striving for meaningful inclusion. Joseph Nwoye is the founder of Diversity Frontier Inc., an organization that provides a state of the art program and road map for any organization to reach their diversity goals through engaging workshops. He has authored numerous journal articles, two books, and has presented at many national and international conferences. Dr. Nwoye’s research investigates what we know about human behavior in an effort to foster more equity for all people, especially those who encounter problems stemming from a cultural mismatch and misunderstandings.

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