The Debate About Critical Race Theory - Implications for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace

Updated Nov 11, 2021


INTRODUCTION:

In this episode, we present the Critical Race Theory (CRT) panel that took place on October 15, 2021 during the 47th American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity (AAAED) National Conference & Annual Meeting—themed Reset, Reflect, and Move toward Justice, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence. Moderated by your host Dr. Jamal Watson, this discussion breaks down the origins of CRT and its re-emergence as a tool for those who seek to attack diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.

PANELISTS:

Dr. Christopher Metzler
, Chair, LEAD Fund
Janai Nelson, Esq., NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc.
Dr. William Harvey
, AAAED Distinguished Scholar
Dr. Nicholas Gaffney
, Director, Center for African American Studies, Assistant Professor, History University of South Carolina Upstate
Margo R. Foreman M.P.H.
, Sr. CAAP, Interim Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Iowa State University

KEY POINTS:

•    What is critical race theory?
•    The intense scrutiny around CRT - why now?
•    How the CRT backlash is affecting higher education institutions and their scholars
•    Reframing and reshaping the narrative around CRT
•    The need for leadership and the role of the federal government

QUOTABLES:

“Critical race theory is so bothersome to so many people because it challenges the historical narrative that we would like to believe - that everybody is treated fairly and equally and always has been.”


“Academia is supposed to be a free market of ideas. It's the whole point. It is not to indoctrinate. We're providing people with tools, and they make their own decisions.”



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Note: AAAED would like to extend a special thanks to Matchbox Virtual Media for producing their 47th annual conference, in which this panel originally aired.  

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