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3.91  ·  Rating details ·  302 ratings  ·  41 reviews
‘A handbook for these troubled times’ Psychologies Magazine

'Engaging and informative … highlights our common humanity’ Kofi Annan

‘A passionately written polemic’ You Magazine

The truth is, INCLUSION is better for EVERYONE. In this empowering call to arms, June Sarpong MBE proves why. Putting the spotlight on groups who are often marginalised in our society, in
Hardcover, 401 pages
Published August 24th 2017 by HQ
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Dannii Elle
Diversify is a non-fiction that promotes the acceptance of all through spotlighting certain marginalised communities and both advocating for their inclusion and discoursing upon exactly how this can be so.

I really appreciated how this was formatted into sections according to minority. This begun with a discourse on race and gender, before moving onto those suffering under disablism and ageism. Sarpong either shared her own story or featured another's plight, before moving on to creating a genera
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobook
Somebody should rename this "How to Diversify your Dinner Party Conversation" * (Not my own words)

I'm no expert in the subject but from a writing point of view the topics felt weirdly mangled together. The examples jumped between UK and the USA but didn't feel natural in their comparison. There were some strong statements backed up with weak evidence ... And finally, a lot of the 'personal anecdotes' felt like name dropping and sadly made it feel even less relatable. Perhaps after all it's just
Oct 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: activism, sociology
There are few terms in contemporary politics that hide and evoke ways of making sense of our world and what that world should look like that ‘diversity’. In one sense, like ‘resilience’, it hides and justifies much of the outlook that prioritises individual action and responsibility for making our world a better place, while at the same time limiting structural change to tweaking at the margins of the conditions of living. In another sense, ‘diversity’ is also a fair description of the society i ...more
Lisa Bentley
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Diversify by June Sarpong is the most important book that I have read this year. This is a pretty big claim. As a prolific reader, I have read lots of books but none of them resonated with me the way that Diversify has done.

Sarpong examines the diversity in culture and how we often see this as threatening rather than celebrating our differences. She offers practical advice to some of the biggest problems that actually seem so obvious that it is silly how none of it has been put into action alrea
Kingsley Oteng
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Jul 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Interesting introduction to the ways in which people are grouped by society and the ways in which equity is lacking. As it deals with such a broad range of topics, there is missed nuance at times
I wanted to like this book, but it read to me as what you get if you take an equal rights agenda, and see exactly how much capitalism, centrism and missing the intersectional point you can get to stick. The penultimate section talks about talking to and tolerating the opposing view - personally, politically, religiously - and finding a "common ground" but how can you find a common ground with someone who thinks it's okay to treat you like a second class citizen, unless it will make them rich? I ...more
Greg Dearsly
Apr 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great read, while it has a very UK/USA focus, the concepts and suggestions to embrace diversity and inclusion through the six degrees if integration would work anywhere in the world.
Apr 15, 2020 rated it it was ok
it sort of feels like it’s guilt tripping me into thinking the exact same way as the writers does and also lowkey bit boring sorry ://
I originally asked for this book because I was interested in the 6 stories, rather than the 6 steps. The 6 stories include discussions of racism, ageism, homophobia, and much more. The 6 steps are:

Challenge Your Ism
Check Your Circle
Connect with the Other
Change Your Mind
Celebrate Difference
Champion the Cause
I honestly don’t know if the 6 steps would really make a difference in anyone’s life, because surely the type of person to read this book would be a person who already does these types of thin
Apr 25, 2018 rated it did not like it
Terrible. In every respect. I haven't come across diversity literature that attempted to cover all protected characteristics under diversity, and thought that this could form a complex, interesting and intertwined read forming a strong narrative around intersectionality. Suffice to say, if you've seen a few BBC documentaries and kept up with the news over the last few years, then there is nothing new to learn in this book.
In addition to the lack of research and information that went into the wri
Rachel Matthews
May 29, 2020 rated it liked it
I can't knock June Sarpong for wanting to write this book, she gives an important message which is that diversity in the workplace actually makes good business sense. Businesses with colleagues from a wide variety of backgrounds perform better and are able to appeal to a broader audience.
All good stuff but I think Sarpong shies away from uncomfortable truths in favour of trying to appear objective. Diversity in the workplace is important to make businesses better, yes, but it's also important b
Well-intentioned book encouraging us all to broaden our circle and promote diversity, but at the end of the day it is rather unimaginative, and presents no evidence based positive actions. Disappointingly anodyne. Not so much a call to arms, as a call to have dinner parties.
Hannah Bisley
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
What an amazing book. This has really helped me to understand why our society is the way that it is. If you are new to diversity and activism this book makes a great starting point. If you feel well versed in these topics there are still plenty of things you can take away with you after reading this.

Everyone should read this.

I love June's writing style, informative and easy to understand without being patronising. She encourages and challenges the reader to discover and confront what their own
Reuben Thomas
Dec 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
- Really like the action point and discussion point bits, makes it feel a very active book and like I’m *doing something* to effect change rather than just reading about it again
- Slightly long to hold my interest all the way so I drifted in and out which is what stopped it going higher than a 4
- Lots of stuff I’ve been reading lately has been quite US centric so it’s good to read something that has a British POV as well
- Good balance of academically backed up research and stats and facts
Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: activism
In 'Diversify', June Sarpong proposes a simple strategy to help build a more peaceful and prosperous society. She suggests that we all try engaging with our "Other" in a stride to be more welcoming to minorities and marginalized - or otherized - groups of people. With scientific facts and statistics alongside pop culture references and personal anecdotes, Sarpong explains how diversifying personal and corporate spheres can help you or your company to grow and reap the benefits as one.
I consider
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
An excellent book for anyone who is studying or interested in equality and diversity. Sarpong tackles this difficult and expansive subject by breaking it down into manageable chapters which focus on each group that is typically excluded from society and examines how harmful this is for civilisation as a whole. Gender, race, age, sexual orientation, disability and class are all looked at in detail.

Perhaps more importantly for those who may simply not value the human costs and problems arising fro
Lara Green
Jan 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
A book which covers diversity in many forns. From under represented men to disabled people, from social class to women and sexality to diverse thought whether political or religious, the book seeks to challenge the assumptions we make. Each section talks about the old way giving examples of what was, then explores the status quo while giving examples of actions eg to ask a under 18 how they would vote in an election or shadowing a disabled person. The book blends stats with storries, however i w ...more
Celeste Mergens
Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Well written and easy to read, this book is about what can be done to shift racial inequities... and the power of the change that would occur if we do. No shaming and blaming, just the facts about the effects of historic racial inequity, how to understand the historical context, why it matters, and best of all some suggestions for what we can personally do. It is an important resource that offers context and content with exemplary solutions for a very timely issue. The world would be a better pl ...more
Gaby (GNTxREADs)
Jul 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
This was a very informative and thought provoking read. It covered discrimination of several minority groups as well as other areas of inequality which we would not have thought of. It was really great to shine a light on the different experiences dependant on gender, class, age, physical health, political affiliation, religion, and age.

The book itself touched on personal experiences of the author, as well as informative statistics and evidence which is really quite eye opening. The context uses
Aug 24, 2020 rated it liked it
June Sarpong delivers a strongly-worded and thorough study into both the social and economic benefits to be had when governments, large corporations and even everyday individuals diversify with groups of individuals typically sidelined for their 'otherness' and why we should focus on all the attributes we share in common rather than all the things that differentiate us. Sarpong analyses all aspects of otherness in all its forms with a fine tooth comb and argues against common misconceptions, it ...more
Hayley Butler
Mar 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
I'll be honest this book was a lot. It tries to tackle multiple issues in one book which are usually separated. It is also important to note that the author does not have experience in every since issue because there are so many which means it is mostly factual. That being said I think this is a great way to start thinking about these issues side by side and how the intersect within society. As I have said before it is very fact and stat heavy so might not be for everyone but a very interesting ...more
Mark Woollacott
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a really good book. It is educational, honest, and at times philosophical. It is a book that brings clarity, hope, inspiration and the potential for good outcomes to the reader. The author writes with verve and conviction, all of which comes from personal experiences, astute perceptions, humility and compassion – the only place where truth and wisdom can ever hope to arise. I highly recommend this book.
Rimgailė Kasparaitė
I have to say that I’ve only partly enjoyed this book, but I gave 4 stars because of the idea that it contained. The author tried to reach as many topics as possible and at times it was a bit too much as they were not covered enough. Yet you can get a glimpse of what are the major issues facing the diverse groups of the society. I do love the practical questions that she puts at the end pf each chapter. Brilliant and thought provoking!
Aug 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Finding it tough to rate this one.

Pros: Gives a reasonable overview of the major social inequalities including the often-overlooked issue of disability. Readable, well-researched and broken up with anecdotes.
Cons: Simplistic, occasionally patronising "solutions". Nothing on intersectionality. Doesn't examine the role of capitalism in maintaining inequality of wealth.

Diversity 101, as another reviewer aptly coined.
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Social integration needs to be tackled by our institutions with the same vigour that segregation and racism were in the latter decades of the 20th century." This book, while not saying anything I didn't already know, puts forward an excellent argument for why a more diverse and inclusive society will benefit us all.
A book everyone should read if even just for the FAQ chapter.
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Easy to ride and digest a very important issue. I really liked the way June Sarpong divided up the demographics rather than in the typical boxes. It allowed for the spectrum within each category which I think the discussion of diversity truly needs. I didn't agree with all of her points but I did appreciate the entire book. ...more
Jun 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020-books
It feels more like a manual/ discussion book more than anything?
It relies really heavily on data from 2016, which is now 4 years out of date. I'm not sure how accurate this is anymore.
I think I would have enjoyed it better if she didnt constantly say to look at the full quote, etc, on her website. I wish I had counted the amount of times she says to do this.
Chavonne Wargrave
Jul 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A really great read especially in these times of revolution. I love that each chapter has an action and a discussion point, most which I will do as I have never really thought about it before. I would have said I was an open-minded and diverse person but on the quiz challenge your 'isms it really opened my eyes to things. I'm going to work on being a better person for the great good of humanity. ...more
Jul 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I think this is a very important book and it's relevant in these day when topics like inclusion, diversity and acceptance are quite hot.
The author did a good job in analyzing the different cultures and it gave tons of food for thought.
I strongly recommend it because these topics are relevant in today turmoils.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
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