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Learners’ Archetypes in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI)

Hence, to move the DEI needle forward, we need to unlearn what we have learned.

The Unstirred DEI Learner
The Defensive Learner
The Eager Learner
The Engaged Learner
The “Social Activist” Learner
The Skeptical Learner
The Distanced Learner
The “Fighter” Learner

These archetypes are neither exhaustive nor a reductionist attempt to address the immense complexity of DEI learners. Instead, I present them as broad categories with the caveat that there are multiple permutations across them. I recognize the paradoxes of these archetypes and tensions across them.

The real challenge is to understand each archetype to address their needs individually and even collectively as a group, particularly since they are simultaneously present within organizations.

Hence, a facilitator’s real test is to push these learners (and even themselves) out of their respective comfort zones with authenticity, humility, and enthusiasm for positive impact.

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Shaista E. Khilji is Professor at the George Washington University University. She is also Founder of the Humanizing Initiative.

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Shaista E. Khilji

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Shaista E. Khilji is Professor at the George Washington University University. She is also Founder of the Humanizing Initiative.

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