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How to make diversity trainings better

By Conor Friedersdorf

23 Jan 2023 · 21 min read

Editor's Note

Corporate diversity trainings often have unintended negative consequences for employees. Here, The Atlantic offers a comprehensive guide to solutions.

Last week I asked, “What do you think of the diversity-training and DEI industries?” Dozens of readers shared their personal experiences, good and bad––so many, in fact, that I’m going to run some additional responses on Wednesday (if you haven’t yet signed up for the newsletter, do so here).

Today, we’ll start with four people who’ve led diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives in some capacity, and then we’ll hear from people who’ve been on the receiving end of diversity training at work. E. is a cynic about the aims of diversity work in corporate America:

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