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Many POC have expressed feeling as though they don’t fit in when working with predominantly-white teams. POC represent ~13% of the US. Given project teams of 6-10 (average in my practice), this would still result in only about 1 POC per project team if rep. was proportional to population. There would be more teams with 1-2 POC members, but I’m not sure that it would feel more diverse. Obviously raw number of POC is <13% for most companies and should be addressed, but does it fix this feeling?

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It’s diversity AND inclusion for a reason. The numbers are important, and beyond that - it’s important to not make people feel like the “other” in the room. For example, one Black person on a team who is constantly made to feel different (ex “can I touch your hair?” Or little comments and slang that are only used with the Black person) vs one Black person on a team who is not singled out in ways that focus on the color of their skin.

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July 2019 census estimates show the US population is ~40% POC 13% is African American/ Black

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If companies have less than 13% POC representation, then they are heavily underrepresented

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AM1- your point is just a red herring, but I guess I was unclear. I was intending to refer specifically to Black, rather than all POC. We’ve had a number of forums at my company and one theme was that Black employees felt as though they were the only black person on their team - hence my question. Just trying to educate myself and be a better ally.

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Figured that was the case, but moving forward POC= people of color and refers to pretty much anyone who isn’t white

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