Ah, yes, diversity and UPS. This is quite possibly one of the things about the company that is truly disappointing.
There is "tokenism" to a certain degree, however, in my experience the promoted "token" person is shifted from position to position because they are incompetent. Although, I have seen one become center manager... albeit a very disliked one... it will be interesting to see how she ends up in a few years.
Also, there are no company-sponsored diversity organizations. For some people I could see this as a primary reason not to work here. Although, I heard the good ol' boys were patting themselves on the back recently for starting a "Women's Leadership Committee" this year... someone must have forgetten to remind them that women's lib was over 30 years ago! I look at other companies and they have committees for Hispanic employees, Asian employees, Black employees, gay/lesbian employees... you name the minority, most large companies have a group set up for it, and many have had them for over 10 years. And of course, anyone can join these groups, they are not "limited" to just those particular bunch of folks.
UPS has nothing like this!
Before you flame me for suggesting UPS do this, think about this - most of these organizations serve to attract, develop and promote the talented, worthy employees, and do a good job of it. Instead of promoting "token" minorities you promote someone who has proven their leadership, through a different means, but in a way that is just as beneficial to the organization. And instead of having issues like ours at UPS creating discomfort, it's all out in the open and that's part of solving the problem! There are ways of handling these problems that are non-offensive and conducive to everyone, be they a minority or not, but UPS does not go for them, probably because they are very "non-numeric" and have more of a social value than a monetary one. UPS can say "we have promoted 18 women to center manager" and they think it sounds like they're actively developing these people into leadership roles. It couldn't be farther from the truth.
I value diveristy, but when it's the kind of diversity that UPS tries to create, it's totally counter-productive, and sickening.