2:00-2:50 PM: Religion/Culture/D&I: Bill Howard, Law Department Manager, PepsiCo
White Fragility and the Call for Anti-racism in the Workplace: Randy Mayeux
The modern workplace is not as inclusive as it needs to be. This lack of diversity contributes to a loss of creativity, resulting in a less-innovative workplace. In this session, Randy Mayeux will include material from four recent and best-selling books on racial issues in America. These four books are: Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi; White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo; The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein; and How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi. (He will also refer to other best selling books on this issue, and provide an extensive reading list).
• What do we mean by systemic racism? Systemic racism has been present in the US throughout our history, from the days of slavery, through the Jim Crow era, up through the present day.
• Why have many attempts at racial diversity in the workplace not been fully successful? This session will provide insight into why there has not been much success, or enough progress.
• What should be done? A proposed strategy for racial inclusion in the workplace -- to make better and sustained progress -- will be described as a way forward.
After he presents a combined synopsis of this material, Randy will lead a discussion of the implications for the modern workplace.