From Stigma to Strength: Rethinking How We Do Diversity

Wednesday October 18, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Attempts at enhancing diversity often begin with a notion of enhancing tolerance for a minority group, resulting in ongoing senses of both disenfranchisement by the minority group and resentment by members of the dominant group.

Join Mira Charlotte Krishnan as she examines opportunities to move from reactive to strategic to a new kind of essential diversity approach by examining the rise of the multicultural workplace, the rise of autistic people and in the world of work, the rise of women and gender and sexual diversity.

Reactive diversity increases fairness while producing existing outcomes. Strategic diversity optimizes those existing outcomes.

The goal of essential diversity, however, is to enable new outcomes altogether. These outcomes are only identified via co-creation among diverse groups, and are only possible when diversity is not a tool or a fundamental principle, but the source or driving force which causes the organization to exist.
Mira Krishnan is a social entrepreneur and feminist activist, passionate about the lives of girls and women, early childhood development, and sustainable communities

This event is a partnership with UM Investing in Ability and is part of Investing In Ability Week 2017: Diversity Includes Disability.