Berkeley College Legal Studies Faculty Encourage New York Businesses to Continually Evaluate DEI Policies

Thursday, March 31, 2022
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Berkeley College Legal Studies faculty encouraged New York businesses to continually evaluate their policies and procedures related to workplace diversity, inclusivity and accessibility, during a webinar on Wednesday, March 30, 2022. “Diversity and Inclusivity Considerations in the Business Environment” was part of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce Learning Tracks for Business Success webinar series, to assist businesses during New York City’s economic recovery. 

“Diversity is not just a static concept,” said Patricia Greer, JD, Chair, Legal Studies, Berkeley College School of Professional Studies. She encouraged small businesses to consider a climate survey to determine where they currently stand on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). 

Moya Bansile, Esq., Professor, Legal Studies and Co-Chair of the Berkeley College Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Committee, spoke about the importance of listening to diverse voices in the organization. 

“Make space for employee voices,” Bansile said. “They will help you identify some blind spots you can address in your policies.” 

Likewise, Bansile advised businesses to learn from interactions with their clients or customers in order to build a culturally sensitive, knowledge-based environment. 

The speakers shared Berkeley College’s DEI initiatives, which include the formation of a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Committee and the observance of Juneteenth as an official College holiday. The College offers a for-credit Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Certificate as part of its Continuing Education initiatives, for professionals seeking to develop diverse teams and foster an inclusive culture. 

“It’s very important to have follow-through. Don’t just announce an initiative. Employees and clients love to see results,” Bansile said. “Infuse DEI into every aspect of your organization, and you will be well on your way to being successful in this DEI space.” 

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The Chamber is focused on advancing the economic vitality of our region by building a strong and thriving climate for the broad business community, including small businesses, startups and larger companies. 

While there are significant advantages to doing business in New York City, we provide meaningful solutions to overcome the biggest challenges facing businesses here. Since 1920, the Chamber’s mission has been to empower its members to thrive. 

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chamber’s nonprofit foundation has had eight staff members providing outreach and technical assistance to local businesses throughout Manhattan.  

About Berkeley College

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