Would a Chief Diversity Officer Better Handle Don Imus' Fate?

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Strategic Diversity & Inclusion Management (SDIM) magazine is a new solution written for and by diversity leaders. Its mission is to provide a diversity and inclusion knowledge base in collaboration with diversity professionals. Each issue includes sections on leadership, organizational change strategy, best practices, chief diversity officer profiles, cultural competence, diversity solutions and crossing borders.

Who has more expertise than a chief diversity officer when it comes to deciding the fate of Don Imus? Ironically, the media is not relying on these experts in national interviews about the Imus incident. The well-trained chief diversity officer (CFO) can offer expert insight into what must be considered in deciding the fate of an employee who has engaged in unacceptable conduct. Managers and leaders rely on their expertise, so why not share it with the public.

The CFO may go by another title, such as vice president of diversity, diversity coordinator or multicultural director. Regardless of title, the CFO is here to stay. Savvy leaders know that their organization will not be competitive in the long run if cultural diversity isn't part of how it envisions doing business. That why they hire a CFO. The CFO is gaining more clout and decision making authority because their expertise is increasingly valued. Their roles & responsibilities are so demanding that a human resource management, equal employment or human relations background is seldom sufficient. Diversity leadership certification and masters degree programs are springing up to develop the expertise.

Perhaps news media professionals are unaware that CDOs exist or that they are experts. If this is true, the media isn't alone. CDOs should be respected for the knowledge-base from that has been generated in the diversity field, especially over the past couple of decades. Unfortunately, getting access to that knowledge base is a challenge. An article or two can be found here, and a tool can be found there. In fact, much of CDO tools and strategies have not been located in place until now.

Strategic Diversity & Inclusion Management (SDIM) magazine is a new solution written for and by diversity officers and consultants. Its mission is to provide a diversity and inclusion knowledge base in collaboration with diversity professionals. Each issue includes sections on leadership, organizational change strategy, best practices, chief diversity officer profiles, cultural competence, diversity solutions and crossing borders. The magazine's editorial advisory board is represented by diversity professionals located around the world. The first publication provides a historical view of diversity leadership and conceptual considerations to align professionals. Subsequent publications will balance useful solutions, real-world research data and best practices.

SDIM is designed to go well beyond the sound bites found in other diversity magazines. Readers have access to in-depth strategies and practices shared by diversity leaders on the front lines of the work. And the subscription is free of charge to qualified CFOs.

Chief diversity officers have the expertise to decide whether or not to fire Don Imus, how to deal with the public outcry, and talk leery advertisers out of jumping ship to avoid being associated with racial hostility. The media needs to recognize their expertise and turn to them in order to help everyone respond more responsibly to racial incidents. Want to know who to interview or give a speech about a particular? This magazine is the source to turn to.

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