Restructure Your Organization to Actually Advance Racial Justice

Evelyn R. Carter

Organizations want to both support their Black employees and upskill their workforce around racism, bias, and inclusivity in ways that are unprecedented. What should come next? Companies can do a few virtual trainings then default back to the status quo — or they can recognize that the racial bias driving the injustices they and the majority of Americans now care about also plays out within their own companies. Organizations that choose the latter then must answer an important question: How will they restructure their workplaces to truly advance equity and inclusion for their Black employees? It is tempting to think that the broad recognition of inequity and resulting activism is enough to bring change to organizations. But meaningful and long-lasting action requires strategic vision and intent through training and education, community building, and going beyond recruiting and hiring.