PRESS RELEASE: "We've Learned What Works:"
Diversity Collegium Sponsors Inclusion Benchmarks
How does an organization know if its D&I program will show
results in today's sometimes contentious multicultural climate? Ninety-
seven experts from organizations of all sizes, types, industries, sectors,
and locations have reached agreement on what makes for success in
Global Diversity and Inclusion Benchmarks: Standards for Organizations
Around the World (GDIB), and are making it available at no cost.
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Diversity Collegium Emeritus member wins Winds of Change award
Mary-Frances Winters, Diversity Collegium Emeritus member, has been named as the 2016 Winds of Change awardee in the individual category by the Forum on Workplace Inclusion. The individual award goes to a person who meets the qualifications of "changing lives, organizations and communities," and will be presented at the Forum’s annual conference, March 29-30, 2016, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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Diversity Collegium Members,
Julie O'Mara and Alan Richter,
make The Economist's Global
Julie O'Mara and Alan Richter have been recognized as two of the Top 50 Diversity Professionals in Industry, a category in the inaugural Global Diversity List 2015, supported by The Economist. (#globaldiversitylist and @DiversityList).
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Three New GDIB User Tools Now Available on the Diversity Collegium Site
Many people around
the world are using the GDIB to help them set strategy and assess progress
as they identify the level they are on in each of the
13 categories and then set goals to attain the higher levels — or sustain
the current level -—in each of categories. The Expert Panelists and users
continue to ask for tools — handouts, activities, slides, programs and
so forth --- that they can use with the GDIB. Authors Julie O’Mara and
Alan Richter continue to provide new tools and encourage others to share.
Also see the Past GDIB Newsletters as they are
filled with ideas and other helpful information about the D&I profession.
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Diversity Collegium welcomes five new members
The Diversity Collegium welcomed
five new members at its November 2014 meeting in New Vernon, New Jersey.
The five new members are: Melanie
Harrington, Jacqueline Reza, Ilene Wasserman, Michael Wheeler, Catherine
Wong. Each of our new members bring a wealth of experiences and perspectives
to the work of The Diversity Collegium. Here’s a glimpse of their
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New Projects and Fundraising Committee formed for the Global Diversity & Inclusion Benchmarks (GDIB)
The Diversity Collegium has formed a GDIB Collegium Projects and Fundraising
Committee to begin raising funds to support the growing needs regarding
the increasing use of the GDIB tool. The Committee combines the talents
of both GDIB Expert Panelists and Collegium members (Judy Greevy, Steve
Hanamura, Kelli McLoud-Schingen, Nene Molefi, Julie O'Mara, Adam Travis).
The Committee determined in its first meeting that it needs additional
expertise in fund raising - from anything from a quick phone call to offer
suggestions to actively seeking funds. Please contact Julie O'Mara if
you can help. The committee also focused on getting grounded with its plan
and will be setting criteria for projects and putting out a Request for
Proposals to everyone who receives the GDIB newsletter. The goal is to
stimulate more user tools and research related to the GDIB. The Committee
will then seek funding to support those wanting to create user tools and conduct GDIB-related research. The Collegium is a nonprofit organization. For
more information about the need for funds and how to donate, go to our
Collegium Emeritus member, Steve Hanamura, makes headlines!
The most recent headline in the Portland, Oregon,
USA paper: Blind Runner, Steve Hanamura, Will Compete in 2014 Providence
Hood to Coast Relay for
the 23rd Year ... Steve, who is co-founder of the relay team of 12 runners
plus Steve's sighted guide, and uses a bungee cord to connect him with
his guide, is quoted in the article as saying, "When I am running we both must pay attention to detail and timing of giving and
receiving instructions. Once I receive those instructions I must do what
I'm told, when I am told to do it ...'step up, step down, single file," says Hanamura. "Running with a guide is about trust, leadership, followership and being part
of something bigger than oneself." This year Steve is pleased that the team has runners from six decades. The youngest
is 23 and the oldest is 72. Steve says that it's not only great fun to
be part of a multigenerational effort, but a significant learning for all. "The differences can work for all when we all focus on the same goal and work
together to achieve it," Steve says. And the name of the team? I Hurt, You Hurt, We All Hurt. And they
keep running. The Hood to Coast Relay draws about 20,000 runners and walkers
from all 50 U.S. States and 35 countries. Time to run the race depends
on runner capability and traffic patterns. This year it took Steve's team
32 hours and they came in 870th place out of 1,050 teams. The legs run
vary from 4 to 8 hours. Congratulations, Steve!
Mandate Molefi named a top gender empowered company in South Africa
Collegium member, Nene Molefi's firm, Mandate Molefi, was
recently recognized by TOP WOMEN in Business & Government publication in South Africa. The recognition is the result of scores
on a benchmarking and ranking report based on stringent criteria. Just
over 25 percent of companies qualified. The recognition said in part: "Compelling research supports the idea that the employment and empowerment of
women in any business is beneficial for that organization. However not
everyone sees the value they offer; there is a stigma in some organizations
that show a reluctance to promote women and offer lower wages than their
male counterparts." Congratulations, Nene!
Diversity Collegium launches its sponsorship of the Global Diversity and Inclusion
The Diversity Collegium is extraordinarily pleased to become the first and primary
sponsor of the Global Diversity and Inclusion Benchmarks: Standards for
Organizations Around the World, co-authored by Julie O'Mara, Collegium
Emeritus member and Alan Richter, Collegium member along with 80 Expert
As organizations and societies strive to create inclusive environments
and approaches, a tool such as the GDIB provides important information,
guidance, and support.
The Collegium launched its sponsorship at the 7th
Annual Diversity and Inclusion Seminar in Barcelona, Spain, February
20-12, 2014. Several other
conference presentations on the GDIB are scheduled. More info on these
Read more about this launch here…
In Memoriam: Collegium honors the contributions of one of its founders, Dr. R. Roosevelt Thomas, Jr.
DECATUR, GA: Dr. R. Roosevelt Thomas, Jr., D.B.A, a founding member of the Diversity Collegium, and considered one of the founders of the field that has come to be known as Diversity and Inclusion, died suddenly on May 17, 2013. The funeral was held Friday, May 24, which would have been his 69th birthday, at the Friendship Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia. A reception for Dr. Thomas' professional colleagues was held on Friday evening, May 24, at Morehouse College, the Kilgore Building in Atlanta. (See obituaries: Carl M. Williams Funeral Directors website; Atlanta Journal Constitution website:http://bit.ly/17VOMCa)
A Tribute to Dr. R. Roosevelt Thomas, Jr. From The Diversity Collegium
R. Roosevelt Thomas, Jr. D.B.A.
May 24, 1944 - May 17, 2013
Upon the passing of Dr. Roosevelt Thomas, Jr., the Diversity Collegium profoundly mourns the loss of one of its founding members. He was a seminal figure in assisting organizations and those who lead and manage them realize the power of strategic diversity management. His work and the originality of the seven books he wrote were highly instrumental in giving intellectual form and structure to the diversity movement from its inception to the present day. He was a mentor, friend and colleague to many and an inspiration to countless others. Despite an always-busy schedule, his many contributions helped the Diversity Collegium grow from a collection of interested professionals into a respected international organization.
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In Honor of Dr. R. Roosevelt Thomas, Jr., Founder of Diversity Management
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Diversity Collegium honors Price Cobbs, M.D., Founding Member Emeritus at its November 2012 meeting