• Andrew Thurston

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    Andrew Thurston is originally from England, but has grown to appreciate the serial comma and the Red Sox, while keeping his accent (mostly) and love of West Ham United. He joined BU in 2007, and is the editor of the University’s research news site, The Brink; he was formerly director of alumni publications. Before joining BU, he edited consumer and business magazines, including for corporations, nonprofits, and the UK government. His work has won awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, the In-House Agency Forum, Folio:, and the British Association of Communicators in Business. Andrew has a bachelor’s degree in English and related literature from the University of York. Profile

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There are 2 comments on Are Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives Helping Workers—or Dividing Them?

  1. A quick skim of Google Scholar suggests that multiple demographics (e.g. people with disabilities, LGBTQ+ people, and I’m sure way more) appear to essentially be an afterthought in DEI research.

    It’s also quite telling that this article itself is filed under the “antiracism” category. While antiracism is surely very important, it’s by far shouldn’t be a pursuit disjoint from other areas and it seems really reductive to file an article about DEI in general exclusively under such.

    This instance of categorization and what research is going on supports my anecdotal observation of a priority hierarchy I’ve seen in DEI work. First comes race, then (binary) gender, then sexual orientation, then religion, then disability, and usually in an American context.

    If this is going to work, the work needs to be intersectional, multifaceted, and holistic. It isn’t enough to almost entirely focus on American Blackness and womanhood in a compartmentalized vacuum and with tunnel vision.

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