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D-I Council

The firm’s Diversity-Inclusion Council, representing a cross-section of employees, provides input and recommendations to the firm’s senior leadership on issues of diversity and inclusion and implements programs that advance the firm’s commitment to a diverse and inclusive environment.

What we do

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    Training

    The council organizes diversity training on a wide range of topics including unconscious bias, inclusive intelligence, systemic inequities, microtriggers, and cultural humility. These interactive programs provide opportunities for colleagues to recognize and confront their unconscious biases, share their perspectives, and learn from one another.

  • Men and women in audience listening to a presentation

    Education and awareness

    To help employees deepen their understanding of diversity and inclusion in today’s world, the council shares article and book reviews in our bi-weekly newsletter. We have also held other educational programming around understanding and valuing generational differences and the racial wealth gap.

  • A group of smiling young men and women, standing together in front of a screen reading: "Black History Month Trivia Games."

    Community support

    The D-I Council organizes fundraisers to support organizations focused on increasing opportunities for disadvantaged communities. For the second year, in conjunction with Black History Month, the D-I Council organized a fundraiser for the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, an organization that provides college-bound HBCU students with scholarships and enrichment programs.

Voices of the D-I Council

  • We provide a supportive environment in which employees are encouraged, and feel safe, to be themselves

    “Our firm is made up of individuals with diverse geographic and ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, personal interests, and personalities. Everyone is welcomed, included, and encouraged to openly express who they are.”
    Phyllis Sun, Manager

  • Diversity is valued, embraced, and celebrated

    "The firm recognizes that greater diversity leads to improved problem solving and a more enriching environment."

    Amit Bubna, Principal

  • We are eager to teach and learn from one another

    "It is important to educate ourselves and our firm on unconscious biases, and to build programs that achieve equity, fairness, and opportunity. Awareness and training are key, and firm leadership, working with our D-I Council, is committed to implementing programs that address unintended biases and challenge our thinking. We hold ourselves to a high standard through ensuring accountability across our business."

    Page Imperial, Chief Operating Officer

Recent/upcoming celebrations

  • July 2023BWorld—celebrating our culture and customs

    Employees shared their culture and customs through food and stories at our annual BWorld celebration.

    Group of smiling people holding flags of different countries
  • July 2023Special BWide featuring co-chair of AEA’s CSMGEP

    D-I Council hosted Dr. Gary Hoover of Tulane University, who presented on AEA Resources for Diversity & Inclusion.

    Dr. Gary Hoover standing and smiling with three other Bates White employees
  • February 2024Bates White celebrates Black History Month

    To commemorate Black History Month, colleagues held a trivia event to raise money for the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, sponsored an education program, and highlighted notable people and events.

    A group of young men and women grouped together and smiling. A screen behind them reads "Black History Month: Trivia Games."

Find out more about Bates White's other DEI&B programs

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