I want to share a short video http://1bigoops.com/gdib
from the recent launch event for the Global Diversity and Inclusion Benchmarks (GDIB) at the Cook and Ross
facilities in Silver Spring, Maryland. The special edition for higher education adapted by ACPA was featured and several of our participating campuses were there.
Inaugural Campus Cohort
Baker College of Jackson
College of Saint Elizabeth
St. Mary's College of Maryland
|Ohio State University
University of Missouri
Ohio Northern University
Penn State University
Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University
We want to thank the leaders of our member campuses who are early adopters of the GDIB. We extend our gratitude for the feedback they provide for the next year's release as part of the GDIB 11th anniversary.
Multi-national corporations, for-profit and not-for-profit have successfully used the GDIB over the past ten years to identify and raise awareness of unconscious bias, institutionalized racism, sexism, genderism and classism. As you are receiving this post, the Tokyo Olympics Committee is using the GDIB to address the intersectionality of issues that will predictably arise at the Paralympics.
These are challenging and very exciting times to advance equity, inclusion, social justice and, most particularly, racial justice worldwide. Racism, whiteness and white supremacy are the tap root of our seemingly intractable resistance to realizing human dignity for all people. This is an opportune moment for higher and tertiary education to benefit from the experience of organizations operating in very diverse and complex work environments. Thoughtful leaders know that their companies are less profitable and less successful when their workforces are not fully diverse, inclusive and equitable. The GDIB is a comprehensive tool to start them toward a better day for their employees and clients.
Some accuse higher education of refusing to accept ideas "not invented here." This need not be so with use of the GDIB where the world of work and learning intersect in such practical ways.