Why Diversity Matters

Why Diversity Matters

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Written By Tyler Shaw (@tylerevanshaw)

 

Diversity. It’s become an overused trigger word. An umbrella term of sorts so generalized that we don’t really know who we’re referring to- and even if we did, would it perhaps be ascenine to believe the issues of different races, sexualities, and genders could be solved as a monolith? Why, of course it would.

Perhaps the worst thing about the term diversity, especially in the current workforce, is the fact that it’s become a conversation. And like all conversations about inequality, diversity has become rooted in the stagnant, illusive perspective that “these things take time.

Those who stifle the progression of the diversification of this country are actually limiting the ideas, inventions, and overall competitive global offering of America. The best minds won’t always be coming from a suburban neighborhood. It would seem blatantly apparent that ideas and intelligence have no cultural bounds. How sad would it be to know that the minds that held the cure for diseases like cancer and AIDS have come and gone multiple times, perhaps just lacking the proper resources to fulfill that potential.

A privileged existence won’t always have the context or experience to solve underprivileged problems. An outsider to cultural norms won’t always be able to authentically engage with that particular culture. That is why when approaching diversity it is extremely important to change the tone of “we’re giving you an opportunity”, to “this is an opportunity for us to collaborate”.

And when I say collaborate I don’t mean put Drake in your commercial to boost sales and then have your diversity report read that African Americans make up less than 5% of your company.

I’m not naive enough to believe that this transition will happen out of complete goodwill- more than likely it will be a mutually benefitting move borne of an inability to contextualize and authentically capitalize on a culture that has continued to massively impact and shift America (as stated above), but nonetheless it is important that it happens.

Perhaps the worst thing about the term diversity, especially in the current workforce, is the fact that it’s become a conversation. And like all conversations about inequality, diversity has become rooted in the stagnant, illusive perspective that “these things take time.

ORIGINALLY POSTED on Medium at: https://medium.com/park-jungle-labs/why-diversity-matters-7fafce84a08e

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