Joint Center President Spencer Overton participated in the Center for Workplace Inclusion Equity Summit 2022. This inaugural equity summit focused on equitable economic opportunity for older workers regardless of age, race, or gender. Overton’s panel highlighted how Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion policies have been evolving for more than 50 years. Skills training and economic opportunity, however, remain out of reach for too many job seekers. The panel discussed changes needed at the federal, state, and employer levels to accelerate the diversity of our labor force and equitable access to economic opportunity.
According to Overton, “at the Joint Center, we believe that data is very important in terms of transparency so that people can see the picture…. [w]e found that most workforce training programs when there’s an evaluation of these programs, they don’t disaggregate their outcomes by race. So we don’t know what is working for Black workers. So when we talk about data and demographics, in terms of age, race, gender, etc. we need that data so that we can figure out what’s working, and what’s working for whom in terms of workforce training.”
Watch the recording below.