Starbucks Gives A Sneak Peak Into Their Racial Bias Training Classes
Starbucks has released a sneak peek into their racial bias education program as they prepare to close all stores on Tuesday (May 29th) after the arrest of two African-American men at one of their Philadelphia stores.
Yahoo Finance report, training for nearly 175,000 employees from 8,000 stores will last four hours with experts Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of Equal Justice Initiative; Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director –council of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund; and Heather McGhee, president of Demos, and others.
Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson will start the program by welcoming all participants and rapper/activist Common will speak discussing identity. Finally, Howard Schultz Executive Chairman of Starbucks will share his future vision for the company.
And so on a personal level, I want to ask you, that together we do everything we can to build that third place in your store, in your community, one very neighborhood, in an ever-changing America, where everyone is welcome.
The company will also used this process in hiring new employees.
Let's hope that other companies will adopt this new method to open up dialogue in racism and discrimination.