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To: Gaffer
I can honestly say my unit was the most diverse of the whole organization

About a million years ago, I managed the IT field team for a medium-sized organization. There were three of us in the division, overseeing 70-80 people. All colors, from all over the world. Gay/Straight, both bathrooms, etc etc etc.

A fairly prominent IT publication (that will remain nameless, since they're still around) asked to interview us managers. We were all fairly young, naive, and full of ourselves, and gladly said "Yes!", thinking - hey, here's our chance to show off how great we are - approximately.

Interviewer and Photog come by. We all sit down in the conference room. First question out of the interviewer's mouth..... "Please talk about the program that you used to achieve such fantastic diversity in your IT division".

We three looked at each other. There wasn't a program, we just hired the best people as they came in the door. And, we said approximately that.

End of interview, right there, on the spot. "Thank you very much, we'll be in touch." It was an eye-opener for me as a young, up-and-coming IT engineer.

25 posted on 12/05/2012 11:33:21 AM PST by wbill
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To: wbill

They didn’t want to hear that, did they? They were looking for programs, emphasis, assistance, consideration, and all that, weren’t they? They were looking for a deliberate program that took into account anything racial, and nothing qualified (except for the token, “of course, we’re assuming they’re qualified” mantra).

In my field defense engineering, accepting nothing less than the best is an ethical lapse in my opinion because our soldiers lives’ depended on it. Diversity on its own merit was not justification for engangering our military.


30 posted on 12/05/2012 11:40:04 AM PST by Gaffer
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