The Equity Mindset: Designing Human Spaces Through Journeys, Reflections, and Practices

  • 3h 31m
  • Ifeomasinachi Ike
  • John Wiley & Sons (US)
  • 2023

Learn to implement the intentional practices and make the hard decisions that true equity demands

In The Equity Mindset, celebrated researcher, attorney, and activist Ifeomasinachi Ike delivers a moving and impactful exploration of why equity is so important, the shortcomings of institutional diversity and inclusion (D&I) initiatives, and how we creatively and boldly design cultures centering the expertise of those who know first-hand how inequity has shaped work culture. The book examines the dynamics of normalized institutional oppression, offers real-world case studies, and provides readers with new practices, key performance indicators (KPIs), and milestones for measuring the success of modern DEI efforts. At its core, The Equity Mindset is about adopting a problem-solving mentality to address social inequities to ensure we all thrive.

This nuanced treatment of principles, practices, and production also includes:

  • Practitioner interviews with guidance on how each person, regardless of industry, can advance equity personally and professionally
  • Strategies for addressing organizational bias, inequity, and lack of representation
  • Tools for leaders and decisionmakers seeking concrete steps to create safer cultures for communities historically marginalized

A can’t-miss resource for managers, executives, board members, and other business leaders, The Equity Mindset is for those with and without traditional authority who seek to advance the movement for equitable treatment in every environment.

About the Author

IFEOMA IKE is an award-winning researcher, lawyer, educator, and activist with extensive experience in designing equity-centered impact strategies. She is the Founder and CEO of Pink Cornrows, visionary behind Black Policy Lab and has co-facilitated the creation of national pipe-lines, justice efforts and three congressional caucuses. Her experience includes serving as counsel on Capitol Hill, policy advocate for the Innocence Project, and global human and civil rights advocacy. Her work has been recognized by the American Bar Association, National Bar Association, and NYU McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research.

In this Book

  • My Mommy's Foreword
  • Introduction: A Book of Problems, Possibilities, and Practices
  • Forty Thoughts on Designing with an Equity Mindset
  • The Work Culture We Inherited (and How It Erases Us All)
  • Thoughts on Being an Equity Designer
  • An Equity Lens: Seeing the Right Problem
  • Testing Assumptions About What Our Cultures Must Be
  • Are Your People S.A.F.E.?
  • Remote Work Is a Reasonable Accommodation (and We Owe the Disability Justice Community an Apology)
  • Confront Your Issues with Black Women
  • The Case for Radical Sabbaticals
  • Safety, Access, and a Good Sandwich
  • What Is Your Equity (Mindset) Journey?
  • Centering Proximate Leadership in Our Research Practices
  • Pipelines Are Deep Work: What You Should Know and Be Prepared For
  • Reimagining “Chief”: Ways Leaders Are Designing with an Equity Mindset
  • Epilogue