"Coincidentally I ran across a January 2014 report from the White House Council on Women and Girls that seems to align with "diversity fallacy" thinking. It is called "Rape And Sexual Assault: A Renewed Call To…"
"You lead a horse to water....but you can't make it drink. You can have an EO on diversity hiring and a plan in place. ..but you can't make hiring officials hire. Vets get preference first....then go from there. EEO can only suggest.....…"
"EXACTLY. Diversity should not be a "feel good on paper" exercise.
When my kids were born people asked me, "Are you going to go back to work?" There was a clear dichotomy between staying at home with the children and…"
"The only caveat I can see to "diversity thinking" vs. compliance with EEO law is that many employers use diversity as a smokescreen or an alternative to EEO compliance. Learn more on March 12 at 9:30 am EST. EEOC To Discuss…"
"There isn't any money lying on the floor. ...at least not in DoN. Diversity programs have no teeth without funding. Which most managers would rather not bother with accommodations and suggested quotas. They want a qualified warm body in a…"
"Although I am not sure what is so controversial about saying that an overfocus on EEO compliance, absent a rigorous critical analysis of the surrounding power structure, actually acts to reinforce racism, ageism, sexism, and so on. Because you end…"
Economists often point out that what is functional, even utility maximizing, for individuals may be dysfunctional or even critically harmful for the larger society. It is very functional for individuals to become "free…"
"David -- I think we need to look at our EEO programs and ask if measuring people by percentages respects diversity among individuals and how an EEO executive could use the term "lily white" without recognizing the obvious reverse racism of…"
"I am sitting here scratching my head as to how this blog post could be interpreted as somehow anti-EEO. Quite the opposite, I am saying that the laws don't go far enough. But at the same time, we cannot realize the vision of a more diverse…"
"David -- Danielle is only articulating truths that all but the most PC blinded advocates have recognized for a long time. Yes there most definitely IS a normative figure against which diversity is measured. Put plainly, they are white, middle class,…"
"My apologies if anyone took offense to my comment, as I meant no harm. It is that I feel sometimes that the paradoxes I mentioned below is really how one really gets ahead in life/job regardless of beliefs. Leadership is a very fleeting thing.There…"
Dannielle, Thank you for accepting my invite! I am surprised, pleasantly so, that there are so many communication experts here. I am a CIO which is traditionally a computer sci. kind of gig but with the way computing is going I am very happy to have my degree in Communication, someday I might have time to go back and do something as cool as you and get a phD. I did not take the journalism route, but went old school rhetoric. Interesting how that is playing out now that I spend most of my time talking about what we have/are doing in technology. I read your post today and you really hit the nail on the head; keep it honest and real that is what we all want.
Thoughts? Well, as a former Air Force public affairs spec., I'm a little biased. I think the Air Force has always been a little more willing to jump out there and try new things--developing a guide for the use of social media before the other services is a perfect example. However, I will say that when the other services finally got with the program, they came out blazing--and continue to get better. Again, I could be biased as I work closely with their social media folks. :) Perhaps DoD is forced to be more proactive because of our numbers (service members, families and veterans) and the importance of communicating with them.
Since I feel like we have similar interests, I'm curious if you listen to any podcasts and if so, which are your favorites?