“For black graduates with a bachelor’s degree, four years after graduating their student loan debt is twice as much as their white counterparts. So, to be anti-racist is to recognize the inequities and to change policy and practice that could very well be in our compensation and benefits. Change those policies and practices so that white lives and white livelihoods are not valued more than BIPOC lives and BIPOC economic livelihoods.”—Kim-Monique Johnson
In this clip, Kim-Monique Johnson of CRE asks us to reconsider employee benefits using widely available data on the inequities Black employees face. We are challenged to move from an equality frame to an equity frame as we think about how to support employees.
Using the books How to Be an Antiracist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi and Accounting for Slavery: Masters and Management by Caitlin Rosenthal as inspiration, this online event offers a host of provocative and practical ideas for shifting approaches to human resource management to further racial justice inside our organizations. Kim-Monique Johnson and Jean Lobell combine decades of experience in “HR”—which they advocate we should call “People & Culture”—with a sense of urgency to change the status quo.