A Resource for Local Businesses
"The Perspective" is a monthly publication of the Chamber's Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Task Force, comprised of approximately 30 representatives with a passion for sharing information and learning best practices about diversity, inclusion and minority business development to improve our workforce.
Goal Statement from the Chamber Business Plan:
Task Force Chair: Wesley Escondo, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Wisconsin
Staff Liaison: Kaylynn Stahlbusch, Workforce and Program Director
Resources: Events, Podcasts, Quizzes
Virtual Lunch & Learn- Workplace Allyship Series
A diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace creates a space where all employees feel safe and supported. These types of workplaces are made through the work of allies.
Join us for the Workplace Allyship Lunch & Learn Series, where we will explore topics surrounding equity, diversity, and inclusion. We'll focus on inclusivity in the workplace, representation in a global world, and how, when left ignored, these issues can lead to loss of productivity, turn-over, and lawsuits.
Each session will include a presentation from an industry expert and a Q&A. Grab your lunch and get ready for engaging conversation. No matter what role you play in your organization, you can increase your organization's inclusivity. You can be an ally!
EDI TRAINING IN YOUR BUSINESS
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 17 | 12 - 1 P.M.
This course will focus on how to increase employee buy-in and investment in training on equity, diversity, and inclusion when met with disinterest or even hostility. The learners will also explore how this type of training in their business is crucial to their effectiveness as workplaces become more diverse in gender, age, race, religion, etc.
CREATING INCLUSIVE WORKPLACES
TUESDAY, APRIL 6 | 12 - 1 P.M.
This course will help employees and supervisors explore what “inclusion” is and how it increases staff productivity and performance. Providing tools everyone can use, learners will build diversity into their workplace to make their own company more inclusive and representative in a global world.
INCLUSIVITY IN THE TEMP LABOR FORCE
WEDNESDAY, MAY 5 | 12 - 1 P.M.
This course helps employers and supervisors explore what inclusion is and how it increases all staff productivity and performance. With a focus on short-term and temporary employees, it will provide tools everyone can use to make their own company more inclusive and representative in a global world.
For more information and to register, please visit our website: https://www.cvtc.edu/events/virtual-lunch-learn-workplace-allyship-series
Chippewa Valley Technical College is offering a Chamber member discount for. Please use the button below to get the code and registration link.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Resource Links
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Equality of Opportunity
U.S. Chamber & National Association of Corporate Directors Board Diversity Accelerator Initiative
CO – (by the U.S. Chamber) Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Resources
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
Coalition to Back Black Business
United Way of Wisconsin - 21 Week Equity Challenge
Wipfli: Sample RFP for Conducting a Competitive Pay Analysis
Why nonprofits need a pay equity analysis
Recruiting and retaining qualified talent is critical to the success of nonprofit organizations. By ensuring employees are paid equitably and competitively, employers can attract qualified candidates, instill a culture of increased creativity and productivity, and reduce turnover.
First, you must establish what is equitable and competitive compensation. That requires evaluating each position against similar positions in the market. In addition, you should address the impact of the increases in minimum wage in many states and the impact of salary compression, which may have a significant effect on pay equity.
1. Code Switch- NPR
What's CODE SWITCH? It's the fearless conversations about race that you've been waiting for! Hosted by journalists of color, our podcast tackles the subject of race head-on. We explore how it impacts every part of society — from politics and pop culture to history, sports and everything in between. This podcast makes ALL OF US part of the conversation — because we're all part of the story.
2. Intersectionality Matters! With Kimberlé Crenshaw- African American Policy Forum
Intersectionality Matters! is a podcast hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw, an American civil rights advocate and a leading scholar of critical race theory.
3. Dare to Lead with Brené Brown- Parcast Network
Conversations with change-catalysts, culture-shifters, and more than a few troublemakers who are innovating, creating, and daring to lead.
Inclusivity Quiz: How Inclusive Are You?
This diagnostic is designed to help you reflect on how much your behaviors help promote a diverse and inclusive workplace.
When answering the questions, think about your choices and how you act at work. Rate yourself based on how frequently you behave in the described manner. The quiz takes approximately five minutes to complete.
At the end of the quiz you will receive actionable tips on how to nurture more inclusive behaviors.
Watch, Listen, and Learn!
Alonzo Kelly: Proximity, Safety, and Real.
Your safety with a person can be determined by how close you allow them to share your space. It is then fair to surmise that the realest people in your life are those that you have some sort of experience with. This is not a problem until your experience is used as the measurement by which all other people are determined to be real.
Smarter With Gartner: How 2020 Accelerated Conversations on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Key mistakes to avoid to promote diversity equity and inclusion in the workplace amid a changing climate.
While there have been many points in history where society reflects on expectations of diversity and inclusion, the summer of 2020 has presented a real opportunity for change. As employees across the globe engage in discussions of racial justice, leaders are seizing this moment to consider their roles and opportunities to advance diversity, equity and inclusion at their organizations.
Kasey Panetta, Gartner Senior Content Marketing Manager, interviews Lauren Romansky, Managing Vice President of the Gartner Human Resource practice, to learn the biggest mistakes organizations and executives need to avoid to truly transform the organization.
Listen to the interview below, or click the link to read the full article
Chippewa Valley Equality Initiative
Why Allies are Necessary
Being an ally (one that is associated with another as a helper : a person or group that provides assistance and support in an ongoing effort, activity, or struggle) to any marginalized community may seem like a big task. It's asking you to step outside of your comfort zone, to advocate for the equality and inclusion of someone else.
It's difficult to understand, the importance of being an ally, if you haven't been directly been impacted by discrimination, or are just becoming aware of the many injustices that marginalized individuals face every day. However, allies are vital to true change being made.
Take a second to watch this short video, that shows the true impact of allies, and how their voices can change a situation, and those around them.
The Dangers of Tokenism
To·ken·ism /ˈtōkəˌnizəm/ noun The practice of making only a perfunctory or symbolic effort to do a particular thing, especially by recruiting a small number of people from underrepresented groups in order to give the appearance of sexual or racial equality within a workforce.
Tokenism is all around us. For marginalized individuals, we continually see members of our communities being tokenized, while most people are misled by these representations. To an outsider, who doesn't actively recognize tokenism, it is easy to be fooled. Companies, organizations, and groups have designed it that way. To make it look as though they are inclusive. That they are diverse. That they are equal and equitable.
To recognize tokenism, we have to look deeper than just a first glance. Let's take a look at some examples of tokenism, to see how on the outside they look inclusive and diverse, but beneath, they are just a means of appeasement to continue the marginalization of underrepresented groups.
Eau Claire Chamber
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