What Does "The Business Case For" Really Mean?

I have an automatic, negative reaction to the phrase “the business case for” + any equity-related issue. This particular reaction recently came up for me as I was reading a business journal for work. As a social researcher, I wanted to know what the business world had to say about equity issues and how to approach them, as that world is highly influential in my subset of academia which is very chatty about equity these days. I should have expected a “business case for” equity mindset to be prevalent throughout the read but hope, as usual, led me to disappointment. Page four featured a letter from the CEO titled, “Diversity: the Business Case and Beyond” and page 28 began an article on how “empowering young women” can be used as a strategy for attracting new clients.

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Don't Say Nothing

Silence speaks volumes. Our students are listening.

ILLUSTRATION BY ALEX WILLIAMSON

ILLUSTRATION BY ALEX WILLIAMSON

As you prepare for your well deserved Thanksgiving break, I wanted to share this timeless piece by Jamilah Pitts for you to read and think about during your break. It is written with educators in mind, but I believe that there are real gems that can be gleaned from this article, regardless of your profession. Your silence is still a statement that students, as well as your co-workers, notice and feel. Take this Thanksgiving to not only nourish your body but also your mind.

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