Support and learning opportunities needed for those who implement DEI strategies, Courtney McCluney writes in Forbes.

May 24, 2022

By: Courtney McCluney


Courtney McCluney

Center for Positive Organizations (CPO) Faculty Affiliate Courtney McCluney writes about the importance of support and learning opportunities in DEI-focused roles in “Reskilling and Upskilling to Advance Racial Equity at Work” for Forbes.

The article explains how companies face many challenges to retain their workforce, including their DEI strategies. And while they may have DEI strategies in place, in order to advance racial equity, they need to prepare their DEI professionals through skill building.

“Interestingly, conversations on reskilling and upskilling rarely consider DEI and people-focused roles as in need of ongoing learning, especially around developing skills that actually promote racial equity,” McCluney writes. “A skill refers to an ability to do an activity or job well that can be acquired through experience, training, practice, and continuous education. Both reskilling and upskilling can be used to continue the upward progression of racial equity in the workplace.”

McCluney is an Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Cornell University ILR School.