The Proxy Problem of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Using a proxy can be useful

Find out how some of us are misusing them when it comes inclusion

Here are some key topics covered from this episode:

  • Everyday examples of a proxy you should know
  • Why you should be paying attention to how people use a Proxy
  • The key quality a useful Proxy for Inclusion has and much more

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Here are some key takeaways from this episode: 

Proxies can be useful for measuring things that are difficult to observe  

“A proxy is a variable; an alternative variable that is observed or measured when the variable we’re really interested can’t be observed or measured directly”

Some of us are misusing Proxies and it’s a problem

“I think Proxies are being used inappropriately when it comes to Inclusion”

Be careful what Proxies’ you use when it comes to Inclusion 

There’s a Proxy problem when it comes Diversity, Equity, Inclusion. There’s a Proxy problem and we need your help. I’m not saying we shouldn’t use them but we need to avoid false proxies”

Here are some resources so you can go deeper: 

Proxy variable – Oxford

What is a Proxy Measure? · Benchmarking

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