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1 Myths & Realities of Diversity In NH

2 Thank you to our Founding Members!

3 Thank you to our Corporate Members!

4 Thank You! Elaine Krause; Krause + Company Creative Todd Mayo Cleveland Waters and Bass Dan Troy Carole Copeland-Thomas

5 Evolution of the DWC

6 DWC Mission Promote diversity in the workplace through education, training, enhanced networking opportunities, and to identify and connect resources to its members and the public

7 Our Panel Steve Norton – Executive Director; NH Center for Public Policy Studies Cathy Chesley – Director of NH Catholic Charities; Office of Immigration Andrew Smith – New Hampshire DMC Coordinator

8 Board of Directors William H. Dunlap, Chair David Alukonis Eric Herr Dianne Mercier James Putnam Todd I. Selig Michael Whitney Daniel Wolf Martin L. Gross, Chair Emeritus Directors Emeritus Sheila T. Francoeur Stuart V. Smith, Jr. Donna Sytek Brian F. Walsh Kimon S. Zachos “…to raise new ideas and improve policy debates through quality information and analysis on issues shaping New Hampshire’s future.” New Hampshire Demographics

9 The Economic Value of Diversity

10 Demonstrating The Economic Value of Diversity: Arizona – SB 1062 Greg Aiello (NFL) – “Our policies emphasize tolerance and inclusiveness, and prohibit discrimination based on age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, or any other improper standard. We are following the issue in Arizona and will continue to do so should the bill be signed into law, but will decline further comment at this time."

11 Demonstrating The Economic Value of Diversity: Buying Power The total buying power of adult LGBT individuals is projected to be $790 billion. African-Americans’ buying power has increased from $316.3 billion in 1990 to $946.6 billion in 2010 and is projected to climb to $1.3 trillion in Asian-American buying power has increased from $115.4 billion in 1990 to $609.2 billion in 2010 and is projected to climb to $1.0 trillion in Latinas/Latinos’ buying power has increased from $210.0 billion in 1990 to $1.0 trillion in 2010 and is projected to climb to $1.7 trillion in

12 Immigration reduces bottlenecks caused by labor shortages, both in the high- and low-skill areas

13 Ray Burton’s Definition of Diverse

14 Foreign Born In 2005, New Hampshire had approximately 72,000 foreign-born persons according to Census figures. This represents about 6 percent of the state’s total population. After growing at an average rate of 2.8 percent per year in the 1990s, New Hampshire’s foreign-born population growth has doubled between 2000 and 2005, to 6 percent per year. New Hampshire’s foreign-born population has relatively high educational achievement and high income.

15 NH’s Growing Diversity 7.7% Minority in 2010

16 NH Minority Population Continues to Increase

17 NH’s Growing Diversity “Developing programs and policies to address such economic disparities and to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse population is particularly challenging when these pockets of economic and racial diversity exist in a state that is generally affluent, well-educated, and non-Hispanic white.” [1] [1] [1] “New Hampshire Demographic Trends in the Twenty-First Century”, Kenneth M. Johnson, The Carsey Institute, University of New Hampshire, May Available at

18 State Minority Population Concentrated in Cities There are15,035 Black or African- American residents in New Hampshire – 4,476 reside in Manchester – 2,306 reside in Nashua There are 36,704 Hispanic or Latino residents – 8,883 in Manchester – 8,510 in Nashua (Source: 2010 Census)

19 An Imperative? Increasing Diversity

20 Can NH attract Millennials? They are the most diverse generation in history.

21 The NH Workforce is Projected to Decline

22 But much of the growth in the labor force nationally is Hispanic

23 New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies Want to learn more? Online: nhpolicy.org Facebook: facebook.com/nhpolicy Our blog: policyblognh.org (603) “…to raise new ideas and improve policy debates through quality information and analysis on issues shaping New Hampshire’s future.” Board of Directors William H. Dunlap, Chair David Alukonis Eric Herr Dianne Mercier James Putnam Todd I. Selig Michael Whitney Daniel Wolf Martin L. Gross, Chair Emeritus Directors Emeritus Sheila T. Francoeur Stuart V. Smith, Jr. Donna Sytek Brian F. Walsh Kimon S. Zachos

24 Immigrant Strength, Resiliency & Resourcefulness Cathy Chesley March 27, 2014 Manchester, NH

25 Immigrants as Entrepreneurs Immigrants make up 40% of founders of Fortune 500 Companies Immigrant Children-similar attributes as parents Immigrants are risk takers; they have nothing to lose; they are resilient Do Immigrants really take jobs away from native workers? Immigrants by and large are NOT taking jobs; 1-2% of lowest wage jobs; Immigrants help raise wages –often come with key skills to fill holes in the labor force Documented vs Undocumented Impact of Naturalization; barriers Undocumented= active in our labor force; pay taxes; stabilize labor force Comprehensive Immigration Reform

26 The Role of Leadership in NH Diversity Education Andrew Smith March 27, 2014 Manchester, NH

27 Table of Contents What is Diversity? What is Inclusion? Why do they matter in NH now? The Role of Leadership in Diversity The Challenges of Diversity facing us The Benefits of an Inclusive State Culture

28 What is Diversity? Differences that – matter – affect our interactions with others – allow us to accomplish our goals

29 What is Inclusion? Diversity working for everyone’s benefit Cultures of mutual respect as a norm of how things work Differences contributing to the greater good An attractive environment where everyone is able to succeed or fail.

30 Why do they Matter in New Hampshire Now? Changing Demographics Immigrants & Refugees Quality of Life Building a Better NH Contrasting Generations Attracting the Best and Brightest Business & Economic Growth Education & Learning All of the differences that matter are here to stay!

31 The Role of Leadership in Diversity Initiatives Leadership sets the tone for accepting or beginning to respect differences in healthier ways. When leaders understand the value of differences, they can help address the tough issues. Without leadership commitment, negative stereotypes and divisiveness prevail.

32 The Challenges of Diversity Resistance to Change (and Technology) Our personal negative stories about difference What is the thinking of my leadership? The “W & H Strategy” Not understanding the bigger picture

33 The Benefits of an Inclusive State Culture Innovation & Creativity Attracting & Retaining the best talent available Improved Health & Safety Business & Economic Growth Educational & Intellectual Growth Improving Quality of Life

34 Panel Discussion Q & A Steve Norton Cathy Chesley Andrew Smith

35 Thank you!


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