Recommendations and Guidance for Christian Organizations
by Michelle R. Loyd-Paige and Michelle D. Williams
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Pub Date 16 Nov 2021 | Archive Date 27 Apr 2022
Abilene Christian University Press & Leafwood Publishers, Abilene Christian University Press
Diversity Playbook offers readers a unique opportunity to gain a sneak peek into the world of the other. Authors Michelle R Loyd-Paige and Michelle D. Williams note that many diversity efforts fail simply because organizations don’t share a common language as they talk about diversity. To answer this problem, they address three key audiences in Christian organizations:
Section One—Wisdom for Diversity Professionals
Section Two—Guidance for Outliers, Allies, Co-conspirators
Section Three—Strengthening Diversity throughout Your Organization
Building on their years of experience in Christian higher education, Loyd-Page and Williams share pitfalls to avoid and plans that can extend God's ministry of reconciliation to everyone. Their work will help your organization become better at changing hearts and broadening minds.
“Powerful and timely, Diversity Playbook equips leaders, allies, and outliers as Christ’s agents of healing. A roadmap to human flourishing, diverse communities are God’s ideal where holy restoration and love defeat hatred, division, and brokenness. A crucial book for such a time as this!” ―Mimi Haddad, PhD, President, CBE International
“I sincerely enjoyed reading this book; it was very engaging. This book challenged me, encouraged me, and also gave me a rich biblical foundation and historical view into our African American heritage. This book gave valuable tools, prayers, and insights on how to use proven strategies and lessons learned in the area of diversity, equity, and inclusion for faith-based nonprofit organizations. I certainly plan to use this book as a helpful guide as we continue our journey in D, E, & I.” ―Vicki Harris, Sr. Vice President of Global Human Resources and D, E, & I for Our Daily Bread Ministries, a worldwide organization located in 38 countries
“Christian organizations are increasingly working toward diversity, equity, and inclusion. With Diversity Playbook, Michelle L. and Michelle W., two wise and experienced experts, effectively equip and empower readers to lead this shift. This resource is brilliantly written, boldly honest, and biblical. Focusing on shalom, koinonia, and reconciliation, this playbook is an essential read for all Christian organizations.”―Rev. Emmett G. Price III, PhD, President & CEO, Black Christian Experience Resource Center
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A plethora of books about diversity have been published in the last two years, so you may wonder why another is needed. Diversity Playbook, written by Michelle R. Lloyd-Paige and Michelle D. Williams and published by ACU Press, brings unique insight into this field and is well-worth your time. Written for and by professionals in the field of Christian Higher Education (CHE), Diversity Playbook is grounded in scripture and first-hand examples illustrating the importance of this topic. While Lloyd-Paige and Williams are diversity professionals, their audience is not limited to those who include diversity in their official job description but includes anyone and everyone in CHE who is interested in this topic as well as other fields. The book is divided into three parts which are For the Diversity Professional, For the Outliers, Allies, and Co-Conspirators, and For the Organization. Everyone is highly encouraged to read all three sections regardless of where you fit in your organization. Each chapter opens with scripture and ends with a summary titled Takeaways. The authors take turns sharing their stories and experiences using Michelle L. or Michelle W. to indicate whose perspective is being shared. Most chapters also include several footnotes. Lloyd-Paige and Williams have a very conversational tone in their writing which provides inviting, you can do this encouragement to readers.
Diversity Playbook is highly recommended for any Christian organization not just higher education. While some examples may not be relevant, most information can be applied to any organization. I found the section For the Diversity Professional appropriate for anyone in, or aspiring to, a leadership position. Diversity Playbook is highly recommended for libraries in CHE institutions, has potential to be used as a leadership textbook, and should be required reading for CHE administrators and boards. Beyond CHE, any Christian organization will find this book immensely useful as will Christians in leadership roles who wish to bring a Christian understanding of diversity to their own organizations.
A complementary copy of Diversity Playbook was provided to me from ACU Press via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.