Can we stop using the word Passion when describing Equity, Diversity and Inclusion roles ?
Updated: May 4
I have the opportunity and privilege to work in the equity, diversity and inclusion field officially since 2015 unofficially since 2012 when an email sparked a fire in me that made me do something to drive impact. (Refer to previous article on how I got started How did you get into Diversity and Inclusion (D&I)? | LinkedIn)
What I have noticed over the years in this work is that there is no one path to get here. There isn't a University Degree to get your EDI Bachelors. I have seen various programs such as conflict resolution and change management or Masters of equity studies which all relate to this work.
I have watched this field unfold and look at different job descriptions and I started noticing a trend around the word passion and its usage. At conferences speakers were introduced as having a passion in this field and they are so passionate about equity diversity and inclusion.
Passion does not pay for food, gas or your mortgage (Vancouver BC- Ranking 2nd on the unaffordable cities in the world). What does though is skill, expertise and a lot of self-learning like over 10,000 hours worth. I read every single book on equity diversity and inclusion I can get my hands on. I listen to podcasts, I talk to other colleagues in my field and mentor and have created a community of practice.
What do you think about the use of passion in this space?