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After interviewing DEI officers from several organizations, Rhodes College would like to get a more widespread understanding of the emotional labor experienced by employees who spend more than 50% of their time working on diversity-related initiatives.
They hope to publish their results to educate both practitioners and researchers alike on ways to support DEI initiatives and change organizational cultures for the better. They are a group of researchers, teachers, and consultants who want to help organizations become more equitable and inclusive.
Therefore, we are asking for your assistance. If you consider yourself a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion professional, please take 15-20 minutes to fill out our survey. Findings will be reported within the next year. Thank you for your willingness to share your experiences.
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“Frustration comes from people just not understanding. And you get tired of educating. You get tired of explaining. You get tired of selling people on your value, and you just get tired of ignorance some time.”
“I think it’s when people are not getting it. When they don’t get it. and the same people that you constantly are giving feedback to, or who you’re educating, who you’ve had many a conversation with, and they still just don’t get it, and it’s just exhausting, it’s draining, it’s emotionally draining. Because you know if you’re doing this work, you obviously have a passion for it, and you’re like, ‘seriously you’re not getting it?’ and you just want to throw your hands up, and you really can’t.”
“It is because just suppressing your emotions is emotionally draining. It takes a lot of emotional labor just to do that. So other people are free to react. I have to think about if I react a certain way, what is that going to do for the work that I’m doing.”
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By Michael Boucher – Two things really caught my attention this past week: One was a repost from Protest Therapist @ihategender (posted by Nanette D. Massey) that said: ‘Too many aspiring white allies think racial justice is about diversity, inclusion and multiculturalism. No, no, no sweetie. This is about overthrowing power that benefits you, disproportionately often exclusively..."
By Michael Boucher – Two things really caught my attention this past week: One was a repost from Protest Therapist @ihategender (posted by Nanette D. Massey) that said: ‘Too many aspiring white allies think racial justice is about diversity, inclusion and multiculturalism. No, no, no sweetie. This is about overthrowing power that benefits you, disproportionately often exclusively. Are you ready to sacrifice access, entitlement, innocence?’ The other was Tre Johnson’s article in the Washington Post “When black people are in pain, white people just join book clubs”.
By Mauricio Velásquez – I have always specialized in hostile or militant audiences but from time to time even I have to step back and pause for a second. Current events are always “fair game” in my workshops; it is what makes my sessions current, electric and never boring. Recent moments of truth in my sessions lead me to pen an update to the original article I wrote many years ago. The recent rash of horrible racial injustices (some say pattern) of Ahmaud Arbery to Breonna Taylor to George Floyd to Amy Cooper has erupted into a national conversation about racial injustice, white privilege, inequity, diversity, inclusion, and more.
By William Shackelford – In 1968 when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated I was a college student in Atlanta Georgia and immediately thrusted into the middle of the movement that would change the nation. We had great leaders in the Black community in Atlanta – and in the nation – who helped us understand, process and react to the events around us. In 1992 riots broke out in America after the acquittal of the four police officers involved in the beating of Rodney King. My three kids were all teenagers at the time, and we talked with them to help them understand, process and react to the events around them. Unfortunately, we are here again in a confusing and terrible time of racial strife in America.
By Simma Lieberman – We are in the midst of a disruptive crisis no matter how “positive thinking police” try to spin it. As the Covid-19 quarantine continues with people working from home, with little or no social interaction, some of your team members may start experiencing a deeper level of anxiety.
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