GDIB moves to a new organization and a new website!
The GDIB is moving to a new home, The Centre for Global Inclusion, a new nonprofit entity
incorporated July 5, 2017. The Global Diversity & Inclusion Benchmarks: Standards for
Organizations Around the World (GDIB) and all related tools and materials will become part of
that new entity along with many other services that will help meet The Centre’s new mission: to
serve as a resource for research and education for individuals and organizations in their quest to
improve diversity and inclusion practices around the world.
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Collegium Member Sidalia Reel Received Award at UC Berkeley
Sidalia (Sid) Reel, director of Staff Diversity Initiatives under
the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Equity & Inclusion at the
University of California, Berkeley, received the Chancellor’s
Outstanding Staff Award on April 27, 2017.
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New survey: We invite you to participate in research on ethical
Collegium member Alan Richter is announcing a new research effort.
The Project Management Institute (PMI) has partnered with QED
Consulting (Alan’s firm) to create a survey to explore global
responses to ethical issues and dilemmas, and examine the influence
of culture as well as gender, age, education, profession, etc., on
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Dr. David Stovall speaks to the Diversity Collegium
Dr. David Stovall, professor of African American Studies and
Educational Policy Studies at the University of Illinois-Chicago
spoke to Collegium members at their May 2016 meeting in Chicago.
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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 Diversity List
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
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Three New GDIB User Tools Now Available on the Diversity Collegium
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 backgrounds: Go
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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 Donation page.
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
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."
Diversity Collegium launches its sponsorship of the Global
Diversity and Inclusion Benchmarks
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 conferences here.
Read more about this launch here…
In Memoriam: Collegium honors the contributions of one of its
founders, Dr. R. Roosevelt Thomas, Jr.
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
A Tribute to Dr. R. Roosevelt Thomas, Jr. From The Diversity
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
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In Honor of Dr. R. Roosevelt Thomas, Jr., Founder of Diversity
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Press Release about Dr. R. Roosevelt Thomas, Jr.
Diversity Collegium honors Price Cobbs, M.D., Founding Member
Emeritus at its November 2012 meeting