We love talking about diversity, equity and inclusion, and we know it’s important to keep having these tough conversations. In our free time, we like to keep learning by listening to our favorite podcasts centered around diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI)!
By engaging in civil, thought-provoking conversations on difficult topics, we become more open to information that can sometimes be uncomfortable to hear. And through this better understanding of each other, we can be stronger and more thoughtful together in the workplace and beyond.
Without further ado, here are our top 10 favorite diversity podcasts—in no particular order.
The New York Times’ podcast presence is bigger than just the daily. Hosted by New York Times journalists Jenna Wortham and Wesley Morris, this podcast is both entertaining and educational, and the two discuss topics around race, DEI in the workplace and key cultural conversations.
2. Code Switch
Code switching involves adjusting one’s behavior or expression in order to make others feel more comfortable, and that’s where NPR’s diversity podcast draws its name. After starting as a blog, journalists Gene Demby and Shereen Marisol Meraji take a half an hour every week to discuss race, culture and identity.
3. Hear to Slay
Hear to Slay started by discussing issues facing Black women in the workplace. Now, hosts Roxanne Gay and Tressie McMillan Cottom discuss technology, art and politics through a Black feminist lens.
As important as these conversations are, they’re only meaningful if listeners turn their knowledge into action, and The Diversity Gap is about just that. Host Bethaney Wilkison talks to industry leaders about where they see gaps in diversity and offers solutions to fill them.
In addition to pop culture and art, FavyFav and Bebelito discuss race, gender and class in LatinX communities with the mission of “maintaining visibility, accessibility and philosophy of de-centering white, male dominating cultural practices,” according to the show’s website. If you’re looking to learn more about intersectionality, this is a great place to start!
In order to get where we’re going, we need to take a hard look about how we got here. Making Gay History is an oral history of key figures from the LGBTQ+ movement from 1945-1990. Tune in to hear about “both known and long-forgotten champions, heroes and witnesses” from history, according to the show’s description.
7. Race at Work
Host Porter Braswell wants to create a safe space to talk about how race can affect work experiences and outcomes. On the podcast, produced by the Harvard Business Review, leaders share their personal career journeys and talk about how race, equity and inclusion has influenced their paths.
Dr. Debby Stroman was the first Black, female athlete to play at the University of Virginia. Now, she’s a UNC-Chapel Hill professor, entrepreneur, speaker, consultant and advocate. On her podcast, Dr Debby Stroman talks about race and diversity in athletics with some of the most influential leaders at the intersection of athletics and racial equity.
Host Joyce Bender has been on a mission to employ and empower people with disabilities since 2004. With over 700 episodes, the disability employment consultant talks with experts about recruitment, mentoring and accessibility in the workplace.
We don’t want to be biased, but we do our best to touch on many of these topics in our podcast, too! So, for comprehensive conversations with leaders in the DEI space and community, tune in to Diversity: Beyond the Checkbox, hosted by Certified Diversity Executive Jackie Ferguson, on all platforms.
We hope you enjoy listening to some of our favorite shows. If you have a podcast you love that we didn’t include on this list, reach out to us!