Inclusion Series: Just Call Me Gurjot - NOT Julie - Stop Stereotyping - Inclusion NOT just Diversity
April 16, 2021
Special Guest: Gurjot Kaur
Break the Stereotypes - She speaks Great English, She is NOT in IT, She has great self-esteem, and she Works. She is a STRONG woman.
Gurjot Kaur is a woman of color, born in India, and raised in the Bay Area. She comes from humble beginnings, left the home in 12th grade with $45 in hopes of going to school and living the most safe and informed life. Her life was plagued with violence and ignorance which has provided her the growth personally to enhance her journey of life and educate others on social problems and awareness.
Breakdown of today’s podcast:
- Gurjot tells us a little about her story
- Breaking away from Stereotypes - Assumptions made when we see someone
- There are different types of people in one type of group
- Companies are puting people into boxes based on their cultural background
- People in a building segment themselves to certain groups - they would not voluntarily intermingle groups
- Generational gaps - parents and grand parents pushing exlusion based on their experiences
- Look past the name - People should not change their name because it is who they are
- We need to force people into groups of diversities
- Social inclusion will make us all feel safer
- Why do we segment people in groups at weddings? Why not mix everyone up?
- What challenges there are still in the workplace - we cannot just depend on the companies
- Diversity is everyone - it is no longer defined by black / white and male / female
- Why is white males the base line to gauge diversity?
- Everyone should be welcome in groups - it goes beyond diversity
- There has not been enough done to welcome everyone in groups or roles which are stereotypically a certain culture, race, or diversity segment
- Show's like the Bachelor which had 24 seasons of White Male Bachelors do not help further the cause of inclusion
- The power of normalization, if not be used for good, it can be very harmful
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