by Kevin Schofield
This weekend’s read is a “working paper” from a group of researchers looking at “diversity washing” by corporations. Much like “greenwashing,” which is attempting to present an environmentally friendly public image by disseminating disinformation about an institution’s environmental practices, the researchers define “diversity washing” as overstating a company’s diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) commitments compared with their actual practices.
Continue reading Weekend Reads | How ‘Diversity Washing’ Paints an Inaccurate Picture of DEI in Some Companies
by Edna Cortez
I love working at Seattle Children’s as a nurse. I have been at the hospital for over 30 years in various areas, and I love the mission and the patients and the families.
But as a Filipina nurse who has been engaged at the hospital in issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion, Seattle Children’s is still missing the mark on many levels.
Continue reading OPINION | Seattle Children’s Still Missing the Mark on Diversity
by Maryam Noor
Last month, Gov. Jay Inslee signed an executive order to rescind Directive 98-01, a part of 23-year-old legislation in Washington banning affirmative action policies in public sector employment and education. Inslee called the Directive “overly restrictive.” He also announced a new executive order that calls for increased diversity in public sector contracting and institutions of higher education.
Continue reading OPINION: Bringing Affirmative Action Back to Washington State Is a Step in the Right Direction
by Glenn Nelson
I’ve long believed that “Rooney” and “rule,” when combined, are two of the most insidious words in the English language. This Sunday’s Super Bowl reminds me of the most diabolical form of this linkage.
Continue reading OPINION: The Rooney Rule Stain on Football and American Society
by Marcus Harrison Green
(This article is copublished with The Seattle Times.)
Valued reader, I really need you to ask yourself a question: Do you know what critical race theory (CRT) is?
Can you explain where and why it originated, and its core tenets?
Moreover, do you really believe it’s being force-fed into our children’s brains, hardwiring them to believe that every single white person in existence reeks with wickedness?
Continue reading OPINION: Before You Rage Against Critical Race Theory, It Might Be Helpful to Understand It
by Carolyn Bick
Gov. Jay Inslee has proposed a slew of budgeting measures meant to address racial injustice across a broad swath of areas. These proposals, totaling $365 million, target everything from healthcare inequities — which the current novel coronavirus pandemic has laid bare — and environmental disparities to homelessness and even how insurance companies handle clients.
Continue reading Inslee Announces $365 Million in Equity Budgeting for 2021
by ChrisTiana ObeySumner
Almost three years ago, I began my first business as a social equity consultant. I had been an advocate and community organizer for years before, fighting for intersectional disability issues. Recently, someone asked me what the most common question I received was. I shared that it was often a rambling thought containing three main questions: (1) “Can you help me understand the difference between Diversity, Equity and Inclusion(DEI); (2) Will it help us/me better figure out how to ensure I’m being equitable and inclusive in my business/advocacy/life; (3) What does equity and inclusion really mean anyway?” Continue reading Equity is the Engine: The “Pimp my Ride” Parable