Is D&I about Us?
How Inclusion Practices Undermine Black Advancement and How to Design for Real Inclusion
VALERIE PURDIE-GREENAWAY and MARTIN N. DAVIDSON
That inclusion … [the company] knows that that has nothing to do with African Americans.
—Alicia Harris, African American manager (personal communication, February 27, 2018)
One way to interpret Harris’s statement is that she is a stagnant black manager willing to gripe about her company. A deeper look suggests that she may be tapping into a powerful insight: many black professionals have little evidence that diversity and inclusion (D&I) initiatives actually help them advance in their organizations and careers. D&I initiatives are ubiquitous (Dobbin & Kalev, 2017; Nishii, Khattab, ...