Engaging White Men in Inclusion and Diversity

It’s no secret: White men in the US have been the primary holders of dominance, power and privilege since back when they first crashed the Mayflower into Plymouth Rock.  The result of this has been decades of marginalization for just about anyone who doesn’t identify as a straight, white, cisgender, Christian and able-bodied male.

Over time, identity-focused movements have been created and picked up momentum to tip the scales, including the recent plethora of diversity and inclusion activity that is now happening in workplaces across America.  However, many still aren’t recognizing one of the most critical elements to creating diverse, inclusive and equitable workplaces: the complete buy-in and involvement of white men!  Not only do white men have the ability to use their voice and influence in unique ways, but they can also assist in alleviating some of the burden this work puts on those who are already marginalized.

This facilitated panel discussion will offer insights into what it takes to truly engage white men as allies in inclusion and diversity (I&D) work.  Hear leading I&D professionals of various diverse backgrounds and identities share their stories and advice on how to make sure every Tom, Dick and Harry can (and must!) be included in breaking down divisive barriers in order to bring more diversity, inclusion, equity and humanity into the workplace.

Authentic D&I: Building Workplaces that Reflect our World, not our Biases