I’ve been thinking a lot about diversity lately. It seems that diversity is in the media constantly these days. As people are exposed to diversity, it becomes less of a taboo and the true issues are tackled. All signs are pointing towards a more and more diverse workplace in the future, but not without bumps in the road.
There was an article in the Boston Globe recently that spotlighted Ivy League students who came from low-income families. Discrimination from classmates, and even the institution, can really discourage high-performing students from reaching their potential. They feel like an outsider at school and even at home, as they are often the first person in their communities to go to college. There is always another side to every coin, and discrimination can rear its ugly head in multiple forms. (http://www.bostonglobe.com/magazine/2015/04/09/what-like-poor-ivy-league-school/xPtql5uzDb6r9AUFER8R0O/story.html)
But discrimination is not easy to dispel. Being an Asian American woman, I know that I cannot enter a room without people having some sort of expectation of what I should be like. It is unavoidable, but the world is moving toward a very diverse place, and it is accepting these differences that will build tolerance and peace. To stay competitive Capgemini must promote an environment of acceptance and strive to bring diverse people into the company. The Diversity and Inclusion program has brought these issues to light, but this only works if the employees truly believe in these changes.
Especially as a young professional, it is important to understand these subconscious biases and how they affect our actions, as it is OUR diverse world that we will grow into. Capgemini offers several trainings and elearnings on the topic, like the Culture Bias Brain workshop and the D&I: Our Global People Culture View elearning.
If you want even more ways to support diversity at Cap, here are 10 Diversity and Inclusion employee resources groups that you should be a part of: HOLA, A3, CREATE, OUTfront, MIC, Women LEAD, VERG, CARES, AbiliNet, and Mentoring Matters.