Beyond the Diversity Statement – 5 Takes on Evaluating An Employer’s True Commitment to Racial Inclusion

In the aftermath of the tragic deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery (and countless others),  organizations across every industry are putting out announcements about their commitment to diversity and racial justice. However, as a job or internship seeker, how can you best determine which organizations are backing up these claims with actions to demonstrate a genuine commitment to diversity and racial inclusion?

Here are five thoughtful and insightful resources on this topic that cover everything from identifying biased language in job descriptions to which questions to pose during interviews:

  1. Start by reviewing Penn Career Services very own two-part guide: More Than Words: Assessing A Company’s Commitment to Diversity
  2. IMDiversity’s blog post “How to Tell if a Potential Employer Values Diversity,” by Sharon Elber offers a step-by-step guide from job description to interview for job seekers.
  3. Diversity & Research Jobs’ How to Figure out if a Company is Committed to Diversity & Inclusion” features a transcript of an interview with two female founders & CEOs of businesses committed to supporting diversity and equity in the workplace. Among other things, it showcases the resource, Dipper, an online community where professionals of color can safely share their experiences in the workplace.
  4. How Committed is an Employer to Diversity & Equality? Ask These Questions.
  5. Since Ciara Trinidad is the head of People Development & Inclusion at Lever, her job is literally to think about how companies can put their money where their mouth is on diversity. Her article, “The Best Way to Figure Out of a Company is Truly Committed to Diversity & Inclusion” provides great suggestions for job seekers to suss out the real deal.
By Claire Klieger
Claire Klieger Senior Associate Director, The College Claire Klieger