As racial and ethnic diversity expands from America’s largest cities and coasts and into rural areas, populations throughout the country are quickly becoming diverse, influencing the makeup of U.S. schools and businesses.
According to WalletHub.com, ethnic and racial diversity is increasing so rapidly that “by 2044, no single ethnic group will constitute the majority in the U.S.” And law firms are no exception. The statistic-collecting website gave Denver a “diversity rating” of 81 out of 501 in its list of 2017’s Most & Least Culturally Diverse Cities, placing the Colorado capital behind cities like St. Paul, Minnesota, and Arlington, Virginia, which were rated more diverse.
However, Colorado firms are aware of the increase of diversity and are taking big steps in supporting the growth of minority populations, said Phyllis Wan, partner and former chief diversity officer for Hogan Lovells in Denver.
“In today’s global commercialization of many of our companies (and) clients, a firm like Hogan Lovells, with more than 2,600 lawyers in 45 offices, we understand that we need to reflect our community, population and our clients,” she said. “America is in a unique position because we’re already a melting pot made up of diverse cultures and viewpoints.”