Diversity – Let’s Mix it Up
Let’s start with a hypothetical situation:
Your organization has a mix of different ethnic groups; it has men, women, young, old, all sorts of people. Apart from this, it has recruited 20% of people from different minorities.
Seems like a very diverse workforce, doesn’t it?
Sorry to burst your bubble. Things are not how they seem on the surface.
Got you thinking, haven’t I?
So, with your thinking caps on, let’s first look at what diversity is to understand it better.
Diversity – What Is It?
It answers the following questions:
How Can We Create Diversity in the Workplace?Yup, I know that was what you were already thinking.
Simply recruiting different people will do you no good in actual terms.
True, on the forefront, people will talk well of your company, but ask yourself this, “is it worth it?”
Before you panic, let me tell you how to create genuine diversity.
Why is Diversity Important?
There are many advantages to having a diverse workforce for employees and the company as well. A diverse set of people bring along different perspectives and ideas, which can translate into higher profits.
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Introducing the Journey to Esquire®
What: Mentoring Module
When: Oct. 10
Journey to Esquire® had an awesome time today with our Mentoring Module with a panel discussion moderated by Suzanne Decopain, board member and Associate at Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig LLP including Danielle Paas, Ed Narain, Jacques Cooper, Janae Thomas and Lance Morley. Thanks to our volunteers Judge Jack Day (Ret.), Janae Thomas, Clinton Paris, Ellen Lyons, Jamila Little, Vanessa Ferguson, Jennifer Duclair, and Jemima Zetrenne (Class of 2019 alum) for participating in our Mentor Mixer.
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If you have not had a chance to listen to it yet, now is a great time!
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Legal Writing Seminar - November 7, 2020
It’s been said that the only impossible journey
Is the journey you never begin.
But I started my law school journey with some doubt,
At times I doubted if I’d finish- yet alone win.
I started the journey confused,
Questioning my identity.
I mean how could I not have all these questions
When the majority did not look or sound like me?
But then my law school journey merged into the Journey to Esquire,
Which helped me regain my identity.
The DIVERSITY module restored my confidence
And made me proud to be called “a minority”.
I learned the difference between equality and equity.
I learned that bias is not always known.
I learned the importance of addressing systematic bias
And how diversity and inclusion can make work feel like home.
But as a fist generation law student,
I needed more than just my confidence restored.
I needed to learn how to maneuver-
How to shake the right hands and get my feet in the door.
And for that, Journey to Esquire gave me ACCESS
By showing the importance of networking and mentorship.
This journey showed me that it’s not only about being a hard worker,
But that you must also know the right people and be well equipped.
Growing up in the Mississippi Delta,
The most famous PIPELINE was from the school to the prison.
Instead of graduating most classmates dropped out or were locked up
And most role models were either rapping or dribblin’.
But while on this Journey to Esquire,
I was introduced to a new vision.
One that showed me, “I have to do more than just make it out”-
I have to turn around, give back, and help others when I’m winnin’.
I used to think I needed money,
Power, and fame to truly live,
But this Journey has taught me though we build a life with what we gain,
We change a life with what we give.
You see, on this Journey I’ve learned
That paying it forward is a debt that I owe,
Because it allows me to lay another pipeline for those coming after me-
One that will plant, nurture, and help those younger seeds grow.
This Journey has truly prepared me
For the time when I will have to make the big decisions.
I’ve learned that you have to expect the unexpected
Even when you enter the year with 2020 vision.
So thank you Journey to Esquire,
For equipping me with the tools to keep a steady pace.
I’m forever indebted to you
For showing me how Determination, Authenticity, and Purpose will help me finish the race.
Copyright Justin J. Bell
Joseline J. Hardrick is the Founder and President of Diversity Access Pipeline, Inc. She is also an author, professor, and lawyer and resides in Tampa Bay, Florida. Guest bloggers are students in the Journey to Esquire® Scholarship & Leadership Program.