Integral is excited to welcome Leslie Stevens as our guest author of the blog and toolkit this week. Leslie is a Masters-in-Residence Scholar at NYU Steinhardt’s Media, Culture and Communication program, DEI researcher, and friend of the firm.
Diversity now means something completely different than it did a few weeks ago, when most of us still occupied the same physical space every day.
As a researcher, my work focuses on institutional diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). Before COVID-19, many organizational definitions of diversity were primarily concerned with representation and visibility of minority groups, namely non-white, non-male and non-heteronormative identities. We must allow this crisis to change us and the way we think about DEI. As we begin to imagine the post-pandemic world, organizations must expand their definitions of DEI to ensure that diversity is prioritized in decision making and communication.
This week’s toolkit offers a conversation guide for people managers and decision-makers to address the ways that DEI shapes strategic decision making, not only during the current crisis but as we begin to think about how COVID-19 will change the way corporate America does diversity.
- How can organizations apply the lessons learned during COVID-19 to reframe their understanding of DEI?
- How can organizations deploy new definitions of DEI to build a more innovative and inclusive recovery and communications plan?