Designing Diversity – December 2021 edition

Wow – I actually followed up on something! Even though the website is about practical diversity and inclusion, sometimes I need to let go and embrace my sarcasm. Here is the second installment of the sarcastic magazine cover Designing Diversity.

Image of an Asian man and a Black man in business attire for Practical Diversity and Inclusion


You can see the first installment (November 2021) here.

I always like to explain the text a little more.

Black leaders: Talented or trouble makers? Why take the chance of hiring them?

First of all, I wrote this to link to the main image. Apologies, but somehow I cannot find the attribution for this image. I thought I wouldn’t end up using it and I have no idea where it came from – possibly Unsplash or Pixabay – but I just couldn’t find them.

The idea is that for someone who isn’t white, it can be a higher bar to clear for leadership positions. Why bother when you could get a nice white person as a leader and know you are getting quality! Sorry, that was sarcasm.

You just cannot win

Secondly, I wrote this because many gender equity movements are receiving criticism for not being intersectional enough. Projects like Athena Swan and WGEA suffer from this. This is why I always suggest to lead with an intersectional approach as the umbrella, and work your way down.

Ignorance is bliss

Thirdly, I recently wrote about being ignored when calling out issues, including my own organisation. It is amazing how easily people at the top can ignore people in the grassroots. I think a sign of an “englightened” organisation is to continuously take complaints seriously and bring them up the chain of command.

Instant Diversity

Fourthly, and this is a controversial one! I am unimpressed with data-led diversity, equity and inclusion movements. To me, marginalised people have been dehumanised, and we need to re-humanise them. You cannot do that with data. Secondary or tertiary way of keeping interest – I’m fine with, but not the primary way. I explain/complain about this more in this article.


If I’m angry, you won’t listen. Maybe if I’m sarcastic, people will feel uncomfortable enough to see through their privilege.

At any rate, I hope some of you like it. Letting me know you like it gives me motivation to keep going – so please do let me know via the Contact page.

If you have any suggestions I will be happy to add them to next month’s edition of Designing Diversity!