When news of the COVID-19 pandemic hit the airwaves in January, little did we know how much it would change our lives two months later. For those of us who are on the frontlines, advocating for greater equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in our organizations, policies, practices and actions, during “good” times there are persistent challenges to make sure EDI is front and center. In light of our current global situation, some would contend that EDI advocacy and work has been marginalized further, making EDI invisible in the rush to get things done and confront this pandemic as it threatens to change our way of life, forever. However, all is not lost as I perceive ways in which EDI is showing up in the COVID-19 narrative. In this third video post, I talk about Alissa Carpenter’s article: “The Importance of Diversity and Inclusion During Uncertain Times” in Entrepreneur Magazine that describes inclusive strategies that can be leveraged to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace during uncertain times: https://youtu.be/d6P1EM4dubU
About Dr. Denise O'Neil Green
Dr. Denise O’Neil Green is the Vice President, Equity and Community Inclusion and Associate Professor in Child and Youth Care in the Faculty of Community Services at Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario. She began her appointment as Assistant Vice-President/Vice-Provost, Equity Diversity and Inclusion in September of 2012. In 2017, she was appointed to the inaugural Vice-President's role and her mandate is to provide the leadership, advocacy, and coordination needed to address equity, diversity, and inclusion and human rights throughout the institution. She has over 25 years of experience as a scholar, practitioner and educator, and is the Executive Editor of The Institutional Diversity Blog.