Module 7 Discussion: Diversity, Inclusivity

Module 7 Discussion: Diversity, Inclusivity, Equity and Allyship at Work

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Context: As increased attention is given to the realities of structural racism and sexism in American culture, organizations are increasingly focused on diversifying talent, creating a mission of anti-racism and equity, and hiring a workforce that is trained to think about the value of diversity, inclusivity, and equity at work.  In “Do your Employees Know Why You Believe in Racial Equity,” Ruchika Tulshyan asserts that “done right, creating diverse, equitable, inclusive organizations yield greater profitability, innovation, and smarter teams.”  In other words, a commitment to inclusion and equity is critical to organizational success.

This post asks you to reflect on the value of diversity, inclusivity and equity at work and the ways in which you can be a more effective ally.  Finally, you will consider resources on anti-descrimination policies so that you are better equipped to advocate for yourself and your colleagues in the workplace.

Initial Post:  (Due date on syllabus)

  1. Watch the following two videos:
    1.  Stovall, Janet. TED Talks (2018, September 13). “How to Get Serious about Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace.”
    2.  Epler, Melinda. TED Talks (2018, October 4). “3 Ways to Be a Better Ally in the Workplace.”
  2. Create an initial discussion post in which you answer the following questions, referring to both video sources in your post.  All sources should be integrated following APA guidelines.
  • What are the benefits of diverse and inclusive workplaces? Why, does Stovall suggest, is business a critical place to dismantle racism?
  • What is the difference between inclusion and diversity? What do you think organizations, their leaders, and their employees can do to cultivate a culture of inclusion?
  • How is equity different from inclusion and diversity? How can we approach work with a focus on equity?
  • What does it mean to be an ally in the workplace; how can you be a better ally in your workplace or in your life more generally?

Response Post: (Due date on syllabus)

  1. Read the following articles:
    1. Women Employed. (2020). “Sexual Harassment and Your Rights on the Job.”
    2. Women Employed. (2020). “Employment Rights Under Illinois Law.”
  2. Read your classmates’ initial discussion posts.  Choose one post that resonates with you.
  3. Respond to your chosen post.  In your response, answer the following questions and integrate at least one source, using APA format:
    • What about this writer’s discussion of being an ally in the workplace resonates with you?  What additional suggestions can you add for how someone can be an ally in the workplace?
    • How can employees protect each other and themselves from discriminatory practices?


You must proofread your paper. But do not strictly rely on your computer’s spell-checker and grammar-checker; failure to do so indicates a lack of effort on your part and you can expect your grade to suffer accordingly. Papers with numerous misspelled words and grammatical mistakes will be penalized. Read over your paper – in silence and then aloud – before handing it in and make corrections as necessary. Often it is advantageous to have a friend proofread your paper for obvious errors. Handwritten corrections are preferable to uncorrected mistakes.
Use a standard 10 to 12 point (10 to 12 characters per inch) typeface. Smaller or compressed type and papers with small margins or single-spacing are hard to read. It is better to let your essay run over the recommended number of pages than to try to compress it into fewer pages.

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