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?”

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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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