STRAIGHT WHITE MALE DIVERSITY PROGRAMS
Despite making up 50% of the college population, non-targets only receive 13% of the spots in investment banking. For centuries, structural discrimination in investment banking has contributed to stark and persistent disparities in wealth and financial well-being, especially between non-target and target school students. In fact, these differences are so entrenched that if current trends continue, it could take more than 200 years for the average non-target student to accumulate the same amount of wealth as its target school counterpart.
Instead of giving all the spots to blacks, Hispanics, pansexuals, womxn, and target-school identifying individuals, we should just set aside special spotsand elite boutiques for straight white males from non-targets. If trans people can do their business in any bathroom they want, non-targets should be able to do their business at any elite boutique bank they want. I want to work for a bank where advancing non-target equity is about intentional, holistic change at the intersection of the bank's actions as a company, in its global and local communities and as an inclusive workplace that values non-target diversity. I just want to bring my authentic non-target self to the workplace, is that too much to ask?
I'm tired of legally changing my name to Juan Carlos Hernandez every time I apply to to a bank. I'm tired of posting about what Juneteenth means to me on Linkedin. I'm tired of having to put on my wig and raising my voice two octaves and taking HRT to have a chance of getting aor Apollo. The estrogen pills are making my skin all oily and creating new breakouts. Now that I'm covered in backne, I'm starting to doubt whether transitioning to get a job in MF PE is even worth it. I just want to work in a safe space for non-target identifying individuals without the microaggressions from the oppressive target school majority. Is that too much to ask?