Podcast 109 - Who's responsible for Diversity and Inclusion?

No organisation can afford to ignore big ticket issues like diversity and inclusion. But who's job is it to ensure that these areas get the attention they deserve?

Written by Ross Garner
Published 28 August 2018
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Podcast 109 - Who's responsible for Diversity and Inclusion?

As political rhetoric becomes more divisive, public and private organisations have been moving in the opposite direction: putting diversity and inclusion centre stage.

But who is responsible for ensuring that such programmes actually make a difference to organisations and people? And how do we make sure that words translate into action?

In this week's episode of The Podcast, Ross G is joined by Cat MacLeod and Reed Business Information's Sukh Pabial to share their ideas.


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If you'd like to share your thoughts on the show, you can find us on Twitter @RossGarnerGP, @CatGoodPractice and @SukhPabial.

Sukh podcasts at threegood.podbean.com.

The blog by Daniel Juday that Ross referenced is available at: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/inclusion-isnt-being-asked-dance-daniel-juday/

The Harvard Implicit Association Test is at: https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/

The study Ross referenced, comparing the callback rate for resumes with 'white names' vs 'African-American names' is a little old, from research carried out between July 2001 and January 2002: http://www.nber.org/digest/sep03/w9873.html

A more recent study, from 2016, found similar results: https://hbswk.hbs.edu/item/minorities-who-whiten-job-resumes-get-more-interviews

Sukh's thoughts on Starbucks' racial bias training are captured in this thread :https://twitter.com/sukhpabial/status/1003535776146165760

The growth mindset article Sukh mentioned is at:https://digest.bps.org.uk/2018/05/24/growth-mindset-theory-doesnt-translate-directly-from-kids-to-adults-telling-an-adult-they-are-a-hard-worker-can-backfire/

The Lancaster bomber VR experience Ross discussed is covered in more detail here:http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/internet/entries/3098c1cd-36e7-4d35-bfbf-8687c8ba2872. This link includes details for where you can try it yourself.

About the author

Ross Garner

Ross Garner

Instructional Design Manager
Ross has been working in L&D for seven years and he heads up the instructional design team at Emerald Works. In 2019 he completed a Masters in Digital Education and was named Learning Technologies’ Learning Designer of the Year. He is also one of the hosts of the GoodPractice Podcast.

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