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For Diversity Consultants, the Past Year Has Been a Roller Coaster

For Diversity Consultants, the Past Year Has Been a Roller Coaster

The answer to this question was critical for Williams Melendrez and other Black diversity and inclusion consultants as companies flooded their inboxes with inquiries seeking direction on how to proceed following the events of May 2020. The firm created sessions for Black employees only, separate from their white colleagues. Meanwhile, sessions for Black employees would focus on disrupting internalized oppression, creating healthy boundaries, harnessing collective power and individual agency. “One way we had leaders think about this is by considering the emotional labor often carried by Black employees during times of crisis and racial injustice,” she said. Janay said that she wants to see diversity and inclusion work evolve past serving organizations and instead empower employees in the long term.

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