I work in a tech company and I've been pretty active in several diversity/employee resource groups. For the past few years I've tried to form an Asian American group as a platform to discuss issues we face in the workplace (i.e. stereotypes and lack of representation in management). When I proposed the idea to my company's Diversity and Inclusion team, they repeatedly shot my idea down saying "why do you guys need a group? You're not underrepresented".
A few of us have tried to share our perspectives on the significantly varied cultures and values that different Asian groups represent. We cited specific incidents where Asian-inspired events could use tweaking and improvements (and that's putting it kindly). All of us were given a prepared response by D&I saying much of the same - that we have no reason to have a group and that we should instead focus on lifting up other minority groups.
I tried to form an informal get together and quite a few people showed up to our meetings. The D&I group heard about this and decided to lurk and spy on us. I feel that for the safety of my group members we will need to take this meetup underground. This is very unfortunate as I originally wanted an open forum for everyone to participate in and learn from each other.
Has anyone experienced something similar at your workplace? I feel very disappointed to be excluded from a team designed to encourage inclusion.