New White Paper from Darden Executive Education & Lifelong Learning Offers Actionable Steps to Normalize Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Organizations

By Molly Mitchell

Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) efforts in the corporate world remain a vortex of passion, malaise, hope and cynicism, despite overwhelming evidence that diverse and inclusive workplaces simply perform better. When the research science, consensus on the morally right thing to do, and the bottom line all agree that diversity leads to better outcomes, one might think getting it right makes top billing on the priority list.

Even so, many organizations face internal and external resistance when it comes to these efforts.

In a new white paper, professors at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business discuss common barriers to real progress in DEI and offer evidence-based steps that can help transform DEI efforts from siloed side projects to core systems embraced throughout an organization’s culture and practices.

Cover of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and "Business As Usual" White PaperThe white paper, which features insights from Professors Laura Morgan Roberts, Martin N. Davidson, Toni Irving, Lili Powell, and Melissa Thomas-Hunt, includes discussion of the major barriers to effective DEI initiatives and explanation of five paths to better results, including:

  • Building a More Inclusive Hiring Process
  • Designing for Intelligent Inclusion
  • Enabling Mindful Conversations
  • Empowering Mentorship and Sponsorship
  • Leveraging Identity

Download the free white paper, and further explore the topics in Darden Executive Education & Lifelong Learning’s Leading Diversity program. The first-of-its-kind immersive program is designed to support Chief Diversity Officers and anyone leading diversity initiatives.

Darden Executive Education & Lifelong Learning is provided by the University of Virginia Darden School Foundation.


About the University of Virginia Darden School of Business

The University of Virginia Darden School of Business prepares responsible global leaders through unparalleled transformational learning experiences. Darden’s graduate degree programs (MBA, MSBA and Ph.D.) and Executive Education & Lifelong Learning programs offered by the Darden School Foundation set the stage for a lifetime of career advancement and impact. Darden’s top-ranked faculty, renowned for teaching excellence, inspires and shapes modern business leadership worldwide through research, thought leadership and business publishing. Darden has Grounds in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the Washington, D.C., area and a global community that includes 18,000 alumni in 90 countries. Darden was established in 1955 at the University of Virginia, a top public university founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819 in Charlottesville, Virginia.


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Darden School of Business
University of Virginia