2020 Diversity Summit – Intersecting Identities and the Impact of Emotional Tax
July 30, 2020 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm CDT
Everyone brings their intersecting identities to the workplace. Although it may be uncomfortable, we cannot create inclusive workspaces unless we are willing to learn about and discuss elements of diversity, including race and ethnicity. It’s up to each of us to engage in constructive dialogue so we can bridge our divides, build a common understanding of equity, and dismantle the structures that prevent us all from truly being free.
Individuals in underrepresented racial and ethnic groups experience intersectional barriers that others do not face. These barriers lead visible minorities to experience what Catalyst calls the Emotional Tax—being on guard and consciously preparing to deal with potential bias or discrimination. However, it’s not only employees of color, but the organizations for which they work that pay the Emotional Tax in the form of talent loss and potential reduced revenues.
In this session, learn about the effects of the intersecting dimensions of difference, explore tools and tips to reduce the consequences of Emotional Tax in your organization, and identify ways to ensure that the people of color working at your company can contribute to their highest potential and thrive.