transform or Sangster
says. you want to see men and
women empowered to do something about
BECOMING ACTIVE ALLIES
Saying you are a diversity ally is
just the beginning, says Al Cotrone,
associate dean of finance and
operations at the University of St.
Thomas Opus College of Business
in Minneapolis-St. Paul. You must
follow through with actions.
being willing and open to
[having] the [diversity] conversation. Being present at recruiting
events and not being afraid to say,
Here are the things we do, here are
the things you may be concerned
about [about which] taken action he says. comes only
if you really educate your staff and
The gender gap in the business
world was created out of history and
habit, James points out; it is institutional rather than purposeful.
believe you have a preponderance of white men leading
these institutions who are intentionally trying to keep women down
in the she explains.
used to a particular model,
and women and people of color
traditionally fit into that
It all starts with speaking up,
says Barnes, and that responsibility
lies with everyone. Talking about
diversity should be done often and
early. Barnes remembers a mentor
who would start each meeting by
telling the group, invited you
here for a reason; I expect you all to
stuck with her, especially because he would up with
including talking about
the importance of having women at
Cotrone urges all business
schools and corporations to keep
pushing for diversity.
question is how far will
we go, how far can we he says.
afford to take your
eye off [of] progress, because the
moment you do, you start going
Livingstone makes a point not
only to groom her students for a
changing, dynamic workplace, but
also to be mindful that for the time
being, some of them are simply going to have to work harder to make
their voices heard.
got to keep persevering and find ways to work through
systems we to change
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