Critical Race Theory in Corporate America: What It Is and Why It’s Important

September 2021

The debate over teaching Critical Race Theory (CRT) in public schools has been in the news this summer and has caused many, especially parents, to consider the impact of the U.S. public education system. Those arguing for teaching CRT include the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., the National Urban League, and the National Fair Housing Alliance.

Those fighting against CRT implementation in public schools include No Left Turn in Education, International Organization for the Family, and prominent Republican politicians, including Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and former advisor to President Trump’s administration Steve Bannon. Pushback against the implementation of CRT stems from uncertainty that children should be exposed to racial dialogue–with some citing the information as divisive.

Many people are asking how CRT will impact their children, their workplaces, and their daily social spheres. Corporate leaders, especially chief diversity officers (CDOs), may hear of concerns by employees, especially those who are parents. Employees also may begin to worry about the impact CRT may have on office culture. Download our guide below to gain further insight and access additional resources.


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