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In this Q&A episode of the Demystifying Diversity Podcast, host Daralyse Lyons is joined by co-hosts Zack James and Azaria Keys as they share their lessons and takeaways from last week's episode: DEIAB, an $8 Billion Industry. In this expanded, in-depth conversation, they discuss how employees and organizations can continue to make workplaces more inclusive. This episode also incorporates Daralyse's interview with Temple University's Timothy Welbeck, who shares his perspectives on how to make DEIAB work effective within workplaces, as well as the current barriers that prevent companies from effectively implementing positive changes.

In this episode, you will learn about:

* How workplace inclusivity can include non-obvious identifiers, such as education-level, and how layers of intersectionality create challenges when trying to promote more inclusive practices.

* The difficulties posed when attempting to make companies more inclusive.

* How DEIAB trainings must be geared towards their audiences, and how practitioners ought to develop their trainings based on the needs and proficiency levels of those in attendance.

* How conducting DEIAB trainings during a specified month (Black History, Pride, etc.) is not enough and can even send the wrong message to employees identifying within these groups.

* Why it is incumbent upon an organization's leadership to set the tone and example for what diversity and inclusion looks like in the workplace, including representation amongst senior executives.

* Why smaller companies, without a defined DEIAB budget, can and should still strive to create healthy and inclusive workplace cultures.

Our guest expert this episode is:

Timothy Welbeck - Timothy is the Director of the Center for Anti-Racism Research and an Assistant Professor of Instruction at Temple University. He is a civil rights attorney by training. Timothy is also a scholar of law, race, and cultural studies. He earned his JD from Villanova University, Charles Widger School of Law, and his BA for Morehouse College, where he graduated cum laude and was awarded the Corella and Bertrand Bonner Scholarship. He's also an incredible hip-hop artist and musician.

Episode hosts:

Azaria Keys - Azaria is the Assistant Director of the Fox School of Business' Center for Ethics, Diversity and Workplace Culture (CEDWC). Her work is driven by her passion to advocate for others and transform workplaces to be more inclusive and equitable.

Zack James - Zack is the marketing arm of the Demystifying Diversity Podcast and is a graduate of Temple University's School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM). Zack is a self-described go-giver and DEI advocate with a passion for service and making a difference across organizations.

Daralyse Lyons - Daralyse is the host of the Demystifying Diversity Podcast as well as the author of Demystifying Diversity: Embracing Our Shared Humanity. She is a speaker, a consultant, a journalist, and a full-time DEI strategist.

Additional resources based on this episode:

Forbes - Why So Many DEI Programs Are Failing and How to Improve Them

NY Times - Why Some Companies Are Saying ‘Diversity and Belonging' Instead of ‘Diversity and Inclusion'

Demystifying Diversity Podcast - Season 2, Episode 12: Allies: Racism Hurts White People,Too

BBC Worklife - Why Ineffective Diversity Training Won't Go Away

Timothy Welbeck's work and music -

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