"Systemic oppression of various groups does not need your intentional or unintentional involvement in order to be alive and operational in our institutions," writes Vernā A. Myers. (ALM Media archives) (ALM Media archives)

Some businesses shy away from undertaking fresh work around diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) because leaders deem such efforts unnecessary. These individuals may reflect on the many advances society has made in the name of social justice over the last generation or two, and believe themselves and their teams to be good people who would never intentionally discriminate against others.

International DE&I Consultant, Author and Speaker Vernā A. Myers addresses this point of view at the beginning of her easily digestible book, “What If I Say the Wrong Thing? 25 Habits for Culturally Effective People” (2013, ABA Publishing): “We start the conversation on moving diversity forward with two fundamental awarenesses,” writes Myers, who has a knack for making her material accessible and relatable.

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