Read the whole thing, but especially the comments.Our friend Suzanne Lucas, the Evil HR Lady, has kicked up quite a storm with her recent piece citing research that questions the effectiveness of diversity training. Maybe it’s the provocative title: Why you should stop attending diversity training.Or maybe it’s the tagline from the Peter Bergman article from Psychology Today that Suzanne quotes: “Diversity training doesn’t extinguish prejudice. It promotes it.”
The military is a very, very big proponent of Diversity Training. Here’s a comment from a member of the military.
Had to attend “Diversity” Training every three years during my 22 year military career. EVERY SINGLE YEAR I saw the trainers turn co-workers and friends against each other. Common courtesy and general friendliness was actively suspended so we could “Dig a little deeper” and ignite/inflame deeply buried prejudices. Destroyed the work environment & friendships for months/years afterwards EVERY SINGLE TIME.
Always did MUCH more harm than good.