Programs for Organizations

Diversity and Inclusion: Uncovering Talent

We live at a time of unprecedented demographic and social change. In response, organizations are striving to recruit and retain diverse talent and to unlock the benefits of diverse teams through inclusive leadership.

The NYU Law Center for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging partners with organizations on paradigm-shifting work to build inclusive leadership capabilities. Inclusive leadership is not the sole province of CEOs and senior leaders. It is a mindset and a suite of behaviors that can be carried out every day by individuals at all levels of an organization.

Through our groundbreaking program, Uncovering Talent, we bring Professor Kenji Yoshino’s research on “covering” to life through an interactive learning methodology that is both academically rigorous and memorable. Covering is a form of assimilation in which individuals downplay their identities to blend into the mainstream. It affects people of all demographic backgrounds, including straight white men who may not see themselves in traditional inclusion efforts. Uncovering Talent is a comprehensive program, which aims to increase the inclusive leadership capabilities of everyone in your organization.

Course Details

Structure and Approach

  • Diagnosis of covering demands present in your organizational culture using an Uncovering Talent survey.
  • Delivery of four data-driven, customized sessions derived from survey results using a “live case study” methodology, in which faculty collaborate with a diverse cast of experienced actors. The actors model common workplace scenarios, such as performance reviews and team meetings, to illustrate covering demands in your organization and the challenges that employees and managers face in responding to them.
  • The program includes an interactive debrief discussion with the client audience to work through potential solutions. The actors stay in character, allowing them to articulate reactions that participants might otherwise not share for fear of appearing “politically incorrect.”
  • Following the four sessions, your organization will receive the survey data set.

Key Takeaways

  • Participants understand the leadership behaviors that drive inclusion and enhance retention.
  • Participants practice speaking about difficult topics with civility and curiosity.
  • Participants have a shared understanding of the covering demands facing multiple demographic cohorts, including straight white men and others that may feel “left out of” traditional diversity and inclusion efforts.
  • Organizations have a benchmark for how employees and leaders experience covering demands and a clear idea of what risk areas to be aware of.

Featured Center

The NYU Law community boasts an extensive network of centers and institutes that provide insight and depth into the scholarship of this program.

Academic Directors

Kenji Yoshino

Kenji Yoshino is the Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law at NYU School of Law and the Director of the Center for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging. A graduate of Harvard (AB summa cum laude), Oxford (MSc as a Rhodes Scholar), and Yale (JD), he specializes in constitutional law, antidiscrimination law, and law and literature. Yoshino taught at Yale Law School from 1998 to 2008, where he served as Deputy Dean and the inaugural Guido Calabresi Professor of Law. He is the author of three books: Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights; A Thousand Times More Fair: What Shakespeare’s Plays Teach Us About Justice; and Speak Now: Marriage Equality on Trial. Yoshino has published in major academic journals, including the Harvard Law Review, the Stanford Law Review, and the Yale Law Journal. He has also written for more popular forums, including the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. He makes regular appearances on radio and television programs, such as NPR, CNN, PBS and MSNBC. In 2011, Yoshino was elected to the Harvard Board of Overseers for a six-year term (and is serving as President of that body in the 2016-17 academic year). He also serves on the Advisory Board for the Center for Talent Innovation, on the Global Advisory Board for Out Leadership, and on the External Advisory Panel for Diversity and Inclusion for the World Bank Group. He has won numerous awards for his scholarship and teaching, including the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award in 2016 and the Podell Distinguished Teaching Award in 2014.

David Glasgow

David Glasgow is the Executive Director of the Center for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging. David is a dual-qualified attorney in New York and Australia. He has practiced employee relations and anti-discrimination law, advising corporate and pro bono clients on issues ranging from discrimination and harassment claims to human resources policies and staff training. After completing a clerkship with the Federal Court of Australia, David obtained a Master of Laws (LLM) from NYU School of Law with a focus on issues of social inclusion and equality, including clinical work with Immigration Equality, an LGBTQ immigrant rights organization. He was awarded the David H. Moses Memorial Prize upon graduating first in the LLM class. Prior to joining the Center, David was an Associate Director of the Public Interest Law Center at NYU School of Law.


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