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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner chose a very awkward way to show his commitment to diversity
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner demonstrated his commitment to diversity by drinking chocolate milk as part of a corporate event. (Image source: CBS Chicago video screenshot)

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner chose a very awkward way to show his commitment to diversity

What does diversity mean to you? For Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R), it apparently means drinking a glass of chocolate milk.

What happened?

In a strange workplace diversity event for Black History Month in Chicago, Hyatt Hotels diversity and inclusion executive Tyronne Stoudemire invited Rauner to the stage to demonstrate diversity.

In the demonstration, Stoudemire poured a glass of milk, representing white men who lead many organizations, and squirted chocolate syrup (diversity) into the glass.

The syrup sank to the bottom of the glass.

“When you look at most organizations, diversity sits at the bottom of the organization. You don’t get inclusion until you actually stir it up,” Stoudemire said.

He then had Rauner stir the syrup and drink the milk.

“It’s really, really good. To diversity!” Rauner awkwardly exclaimed.

Video below:

How is Illinois’s workplace diversity?

Stoudemire declined to comment to the Chicago Tribune about Rauner’s efforts to improve diversity in Illinois government, instead crediting him for participating in the demonstration.

According to a January report in Forbes, Chicago-based investment company Northern Trust is the best employer in the country for diversity, and Chicago-based restaurant company Levy is third.

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