Racism is rooted in our human nature.
Dr. Mike Horton is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, combat veteran, and former infantry officer and pilot in Central America. He received his Master’s degree in Business Intelligence and Analytics from Saint Joseph’s University and his Doctorate in Organizational Behavior (DBA) from Drexel University. Dr. Mike’s research focus and expertise are in optimizing creativity and productivity in diverse teams comprised of individuals who differ in ethnicity and gender.
Dr. Mike is the author of the Science of Racism approach to addressing systemic injustices in organizations. This research-based methodology takes the perspective that we cannot correct unjust behavior through policy changes alone. Actual change only occurs after we challenge and amend our often unintentionally biased internal narratives about race and gender. Dr. Mike’s approach also recognizes that these closely-held, unjust beliefs are tenacious because they are rooted in our human nature.
It is in our nature not to want to admit to bias. It is in our nature to create an “us” versus “them” world. It is in our nature to believe those like ourselves are better and more deserving than those who are not like ourselves. In the end, racism is not a Black or White problem. It is a human nature problem. Truly fixing the problem begins with understanding our human nature.
Dr. Mike’s civilian professional career has been as a vice-president in Fortune 500 companies, senior government employee, researcher, and professor. He currently leads a human capital data analytics team at the Federal Aviation Administration, teaches at George Mason University, and hosts the Science of Racism podcast. Dr. Mike also guest lectures and trains organizations on how to identify and address systemic injustices inherent in their policies, procedures, and operations.
Interested in having Dr. Mike speak to your organization? Reach out to him at mike@DrMikeHorton.com