Diversity Partnership Tips for White Men
Bill Proudman, Michael Welp, Jo Ann Morris
A Skills Building Field Guide
At last, a book that puts the invisible partners of diversity – white men – in the spotlight. This paradigm-busting field guide invites white men to step out of the shadows and fully join their organizations’ diversity efforts. Because, contrary to popular belief, their engagement is critical to the success of any serious diversity initiative. Only when white men form vital partnerships with other white men, white women and people of color can organizations move from mere pro forma head count increases to a genuinely new, inclusive culture.
Part of the challenge is understanding where white men are coming from. You’ll learn what white male culture is, and how it affects the white man’s business success. And you may be surprised to find out that despite their dominant position, white men are often overtly excluded from mainstream diversity efforts. That’s not a good thing, because there are powerful reasons why white men should care about – and invest in – diversity initiatives (hint: the stakes are much higher than most white men realize). Choosing to get involved in diversity actually helps white men build leadership skills; we’ll show you how. Plus, we outline new ways to smash old barriers so white men can partner more effectively with others.