HRE Soundbite: ‘A moment can metastasize into a movement’

The racial-injustice protests have that taken over all corners of the country in the last few weeks have put employers’ feet to the fire on issues of diversity and inclusion, says Joseph K. West, partner and chief diversity officer at law firm Duane Morris. And he expects to see lasting impacts.

“We’re in an era where a moment can metastasize into a movement,” he says.

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“It’s sad to say, but women still have lots and fear of harassment and even assault in the workplace, but it’s not as widely accepted as before,” West says. “It’s not ignored or overlooked like it used to be. And I think the same thing is going to happen here. In the workplace, that tolerance for either overt racism or more subtle bias, as this all plays out, is going to become a thing of the past.”

Read more of our interview with West later this month on

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Jen Colletta
Jen Colletta is managing editor at HRE. She earned bachelor's and master's degrees in writing from La Salle University in Philadelphia and spent 10 years as a newspaper reporter and editor before joining HRE. She can be reached at [email protected].