Lubbock Chamber holds inaugural diversity summit

Lubbock Chamber holds inaugural diversity summit

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

The Lubbock Chamber of Commerce held it's inaugural diversity summit. CEO's, attorneys and company leaders provided insight on the issue, with hundreds filling the seats.

Board chairman Cory Powell says lack of knowledge is a significant part of the issue.

"The majority of the negative is lack of education. People don't understand so they are threatened by what they don't understand," Powell said. "The purpose of today is to give people information. We're not trying to solve all of the social ills, we just want to make a difference for the industries that are involved in our community."

Nathaniel Wright, and Assistant Professor at Texas Tech says that ignorance is an overlooked issue and most people don't know when they are being offensive.

"A lot times we'll crack jokes or make comments. I think sometimes we are all culturally insensitive but also not sensitive to gender. I think this is a learning opportunity for us," Wright said.

Powell has a simple example to help understand the importance of diversity.

"I'm a strawberry ice cream guy, but my wife and my kids love chocolate and vanilla. I can appreciate them, but I still have my preferences. One is not worse or bad or better than the other, it's just different," Powell said. 

According to the employment website Monster.com, in the us African Americans, Asians  and Latinos only make up 13 percent of senior management positions.

    
 

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