This week ended again with conversations about diversity jobs numbers matter. Is diversity more than a just a number? Diversity in our hiring; diversity in our government. The conversation continues on how to bring more diverse individuals to the table, but we have been having this conversation for a long time, with very little change. Diversity means hiring a workforce that reflects the racial and religious make-up of the society it supports. How hard can this be? But since the 2003 Supreme Court case in the University of Michigan case, the court ruled that there was a compelling reason to maintain Diversity. Shouldn’t we have mastered this issue by now? Some progress is being made particulary, among higher education organizations. For instance, the number of colleges and universities who post high level faculty and administration jobs on Diversity.com has increased over 35%, we think, in response to activism by students and to counterbalance the outright bigotry by the Administration
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Maybe Diversity is the Incorrect Word?
The word diversity focuses on our differences, maybe that is our first mistake. Inclusion doesn’t immediately look at our differences but looks at our similarities. Diversity and inclusion expert Verna Myers, wrote in Forbes that diversity jobs numbers matter when counting minorities people. She pointed out nclusion is about welcoming people for who they are.
If we stop focusing on our differences maybe we can appreciate each other for our differences. According to the McKinsey Company, their research shows that ethnically and gender diverse companies are more likely to financially outperform their peers. This is according to their 2015 article on Why Diversity Matters, by Vivian Hunt.
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We need to change the topic of conversation because the one regarding diversity has not worked. Everyday we read new articles about how to increase diversity in companies or what to do to attract diverse candidates. If recruiters truly wish to attract qualified candidates they must advertise well written job descriptions,advertise jobs “until filled” and insure their website graphics present a diverse workplace.There is not a limited number of racially diverse candidates available for the jobs where diversity is still limited. Computer science and engineering are in the top most sought-after degrees for African American students. So available candidates may not be the problem, so what is?