A few years ago, I wrote an article questioning if diversity and inclusiveness were really possible. Today, I’m still asking myself the same question. When it comes to diversity and inclusiveness, it seems as if many organizations have noble intentions but often fall short in actually achieving their goals.
In this regard, I think the public sector can learn valuable lessons from the life of Jackie Robinson.
As the first black baseball player in the major league, Robinson faced an environment ripe with hostility and negativity. On and off the field, he endured countless taunts, threats and invectives. Not because of his performance, but because of the color of his skin. Although Robinson’s life presents many opportunities for personal and collective growth, the following are two important lessons to support social equity and diversity efforts in the public sector.
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