Guest Post Written by Alankrita Dayal.
This Racial Equity@Haas blog series written by three Haas students (Charlie James, Alankrita Dayal, and Naayl Kazmi) is providing the space for us to meet our core principles of being Students Always, Beyond Ourselves, and Questioning the Status Quo by opening the conversation on race, how it manifests in business, and its broader implications. We’re asking Four questions to members of the Haas community in order to illuminate how racial equity in business and Haas is conceived and to stir an open conversation.
Q1) What is Racial Equity to You?
“Racial equity to me means providing equal opportunities to individuals regardless of their race, as well as having people from all racial backgrounds get along in a respectful environment.”
Q2) How do you find Racial Equity Important to Business?
“When racial equity exists in a workforce, there’s diversity. In return, this leads to a respectful and open-minded workforce. The wide range of different experiences and perspectives allows a team to become critical thinkers, thus creating a friendly, respectful, and empathetic work environment for everyone.”
Q3) In Your Perception, How is Haas on Racial Equity?
“I think Haas is improving on racial equity as every year, more racial minorities are being represented in the new student pool. However, there is still a lack of empathy and respect for the experiences & backgrounds that racial minorities face. Most of Haas students are either Asian or White. I’ve definitely seen cases where these races assume that their peers come from a similar background as them, which can lead to intercultural conflicts.”
Q4) Please Add a Personal Anecdote on Racial Equity.
“Last week, I attended an event at Twitter’s HQ. It was about celebrating culture. That was my first time at Twitter, and I was amazed at seeing such a diverse workforce as we took an office tour. I was too used to visiting corporate firms and only seeing either Asian or White individuals. I think the diverse workforce spoke for itself, because I got a completely different feel from the employees I was speaking to. They were fun, open-minded, and friendly. Most times, I don’t tend to get such a vibe at networking events as they are extremely business-focused. I definitely witnessed and experienced racial equity at Twitter.”