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February 21, 2021

SISD #46 - Diversity in 2021 with Jimi Vaughn

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Topics Covered:

  • Diversity Inclusion Today vs. The Future - We’re resistant to the discomfort of this topic, and only now are we starting to embrace varied identities more.
  • We All Have Biases - They exist implicitly and explicitly, and it’s important to acknowledge that some biases affect others in unintended ways
  • Setting Definitions - We use the same terms but they don’t carry the same meaning for two different people

Highlight Quotes:

  • “When we talk about race and uncomfortable conversations, we really look for every opportunity to avoid them.”
  • “Everybody has biases and categories in our mind. We create categories to create shortcuts to meaning.”
  • “We didn’t know there was another way. Our increased frame of reference increases our ability for empathy.’
  • “Not every conversation is worth the energy you spend on it.”
  • “You don’t have to convince everybody, you just have to convince enough.”

About Jimi

Jimi is an expert in diversity and workplace ethics, and has worked for more than a decade with top global brands to implement more equitable inclusion strategies. You’ll notice pretty quickly that this conversation won’t be painful like your typical HR program, Jimi has a really sensitive way of helping people communicate about difficult topics and leave conversations with more empathy, understanding, and most importantly, outcomes.


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