Hiring more employees of color isn’t your first step to diversity

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“You’re so well-spoken!” “That’s an unusual name. What can I call you instead?” “This is awesome. Who helped you with it?”


As many times as I’ve heard these microaggressions throughout my professional career and even now, as the director of cultural diversity & inclusion (CD&I), they never lose their sting. There has always been this preconceived notion that my work was somehow not a reflection of my abilities, which began early on in my career. And as I listened to the feedback my white counterparts received—minus the microaggressions—I found their feedback was entirely different. Whether or not my supervisors knew exactly how these responses

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