The good news: There is a huge body of knowledge on what works and what doesn’t. There are hundreds of studies published in diversity science journals with relevant findings.
The bad news: Many Diversity & Inclusion approaches to-date reflect a very superficial understanding, if not outright misunderstanding, of this complex body of knowledge. This has led to widespread failure of D&I efforts. Organizations are not only wasting resources – in many cases, things have gotten worse.
Diversity & Inclusion trainers and consultants do not need to be diversity scientists. However, they do need to find a way to ensure that their approach reflects current knowledge. Before signing up for training or consulting ask yourself a few questions.