Demanding More: Why Diversity and Inclusion Don’t Happen And What You Can Do About It [Book Review]

We review Demanding More: Why Diversity and Inclusion Don’t Happen And What You Can Do About It by Sheree Atcheson

Find out why this book claims allyship is the key to unlocking the power of Diversity

Here are some key topics covered from this episode:

  • How this book makes you accountable
  • An unanswered question I had from the book
  • An important distinction about “Unchecked Bias” and much more

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Here are some key takeaways from this episode: 

Allyship is the key to unlocking the power of Diversity

“In truth, to me this was actually a book about allyship, Allyship was positioned as the best strategy for us to adopt. The subtitle of the book is Why Diversity and Inclusion don’t happen and what you can do about it: The short answer to what you can do is allyship”

Allyship involves the active use of your privilege

“Privilege showed up early on in the book. There was a whole chapter on Privilege.   Privilege was described as unearned benefits; this is familiar language here. We talk about earned and unearned benefits, and we link this to intersectionality too. The author spoke about privilege in very personal; very vulnerable ways”

Mind your unchecked biases

“what I liked was the conversation about unchecked bias. Unchecked bias  “means you’re aware  of these things yet do not wish to rectify or change your behaviour or challenge others” “

Here are some resources so you can go deeper: 

Sheree Atcheson

Meri Williams

Privilege/Class/Social Inequalities Explained in a $100 Race

56 Black Men Campaign (Look at Number 38)

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