Ever wondered why mandatory DEI sessions and excessive corporate meetings spark resentment?
Why does DEI training exist at all?
The real answer?
DEI training is rooted in what I call the American Domination Society era.
You see, in this nation's saga, two societal structures contend - Partnership and Domination systems. This dichotomy births DEI training, racism, misogyny, and a history marred by conquest.
American Domination Society's genesis? Colonialism. Think of Columbus, asserting dominance over indigenous lands once governed by a Partnership society model, while implanting systemic misogyny and Judeo-Christian religion. Even land ownership itself is a testament to this conquest.
Here's the kicker — our current society is unnatural. It's a far cry from communal living and neighborly respect that exist when we center Partnership, where we strive to stop regular harms like homelessness and 40-hour workweeks are alien concepts.
While a full return to a Partnership Society might be a distant dream, a hybrid future is within grasp. We can meld the best of both worlds, forging a future that challenges the current norms.
A future where DEI training is no longer a band-aid solution but an earnest component of partnership and true collaboration.
As leaders, we have the opportunity to do more than shift the narrative; we must flip the script by recreating the world we live in with our communities. In this radical journey, my team and I have flipped traditional DEI training on its head and elevated employee retention by a staggering 5-15% in less than 24 months.
One of the BIG pushbacks to removing domination, being restorative, stopping harm, and dismantling misogyny, is that people believe this also means chaos with no accountability, no hierarchy of decision-making, and anarchy lol). This is not what it means! It means an equitable way of establishing leadership and hierarchy. Instead of gender hierarchies, it is experience and knowledge, instead of race hierarchies it is based on aptitude and creativity.
I was raised in New Mexico and can bring a new lens to the work that isn't American-centered. I also am an indigenous Cis woman and bring my personal experience to the work.