The VPM has seven principles. This includes “willful interrogation,” engaging in frank discussions about privilege and identity, to develop fresh “mental models.” The latter phrases, Segars and Beach explain, encompass a person’s worldview or rationale regarding how systems operate in the world. “Organizations have mental models that provide the reasons behind organizational structures, processes, rules and systems. They require attention because they can perpetuate racism, exclusion and inequity, even if the people working within those flawed structures are believers in DEI,” researchers reported.
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