Thursday, June 23, 2016

The Millennial Mind: Why diversity matters to millennials - BIZ JOURNAL

by Olivia Barrow
Originally published: June 22, 2016

One of my top personal goals for my new life in Milwaukee before moving here was to make friends with people who look different from me. Then I found out Milwaukee is the most segregated city in the U.S.

This was going to be more difficult than I thought.

The importance of diversity and inclusion in the workplace has been touted in major companies for decades, but most Milwaukee companies still have a long way to go toward building workforces that are diverse in race, ethnicity and gender.

It’s hard to know what it feels like to be a minority if you’ve never been the only person who looks like you in a room. Likewise, diversity is sometimes perceived as something that primarily helps minorities.

Here are a few stories of Milwaukee-area millennials sharing their experience of diversity, or the lack thereof, in their workplaces.