How much of the work your company does in diversity & inclusion is performative? How much of the work is actually worthwhile to the employees of the company?

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It's all performative are you kidding. My entire job is a performance. I know I was hired as a token and a PR move and there isn't really anything I can do about it except for try to do real work anyway. Most of these companies are performing to maximize their bottom line, that's all.

You may want to find a new career or job.

None of the work I currently do is performative. Not to say I get full backing from the CEO but we can disagree peacefully. At the end of the day his lawyer tends to side with me and he ends up apologizing and approving my projects. Doing good work is hard work and I’m lucky to come in without a lot of red tape to build a good foundation for an equitable, diverse, inclusive, accessible, and belonging future.

The work being performative and the work having an impact are not mutually exclusive. I think getting past that false binary is one of the most important things to do to prevent burnout for DEI practitioners. That being said, we all need to do a better job of measuring our outcomes and holding ourselves (and our organizations) accountable to creating measurable change.

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