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Mjölnir
01-20-2015, 03:44 AM
From the Harvard Business Review:
https://hbr.org/2012/03/diversity-training-doesnt-work

Some interesting quotes:


There are two reasons to do diversity training. One is to prevent lawsuits. The other is to create an inclusive environment in which each member of the community is valued, respected, and can fully contribute their talents. That includes reducing bias and increasing the diversity of the employee and management population.


A study of 829 companies over 31 years showed that diversity training had “no positive effects in the average workplace.” Millions of dollars a year were spent on the training resulting in, well, nothing. Attitudes — and the diversity of the organizations — remained the same.


Which, if you think about it, is the essential problem of prejudice in the first place. People aren’t prejudiced against real people; they’re prejudiced against categories. “Sure, John is gay,” they’ll say, “but he’s not like other gays.” Their problem isn’t with John, but with gay people in general.

sandsjames
01-20-2015, 11:34 AM
From the Harvard Business Review:
https://hbr.org/2012/03/diversity-training-doesnt-work

Some interesting quotes:

Very true. People dislike the stereotype of a particular group but, when actually one on one with a person from that specific group, everything is fine.

I ran into this quite a bit being overseas, as I'm sure many others have. At first I felt really out of place. I'd always been told how the locals didn't like Americans for all the reasons we always hear about. What I found was that I made some of my best friends ever while overseas. They disliked the stereotype of Americans. But, as you said, most of the Americans they met and befriended turned out not being "typical Americans".