Watch this 2 minute video before you read on. Done? Good. (For those of you who didn’t watch the video, it shows a young White male apparently trying to break into a car. Nobody responds. When a young Black male tries, soon people are calling the cops and there is a large police response.) When … Continue reading Racial Bias Isn’t Just “Out There”
Too often people looking for change focus on “raising awareness.” Awareness didn’t stop me from stress eating in the pandemic. Structuring behavior change did. You can use the same lessons in your #diversity #equity and #inclusion efforts. Continue reading Enough trying to “raise awareness”! If you want change, you have to structure it.
Referral-based hiring is very common, but it is a recipe for recreating the lack of diversity of your existing organization. Here’s how to expand your talent pool to reach a more diverse set of qualified candidates. Continue reading Hiring by referral: A recipe for sameness
Making Your Personal Racial Equity Case Statement Have you ever felt like giving up in your equity work? I get it. There have been times when I’ve been tempted to throw in the towel. There have been times I’ve felt worn out from challenging my community, my relationships, and myself. Here’s one thing that has … Continue reading Building Resilience for Anti-Racism by Knowing What’s at Stake for You
Watch this 2 minute video before you read on. (For those of you who cheated and didn’t watch the video, it shows a young White male apparently trying to break into a car. Nobody responds. When a young Black male tries, soon people are calling the cops and there is a large police response.) When … Continue reading Reflection Exercise: Racial bias isn’t just “out there”
Sure, we all have good intentions when it comes to racial equity in the workplace. But those good intentions are not enough. That’s why, for your diversity and inclusion effort to succeed, you need a system of racial justice accountability. A system of accountability keeps you learning and doing what is needed now. The Change … Continue reading Creating a System of Racial Justice Accountability
[Immense thanks to Nuola Akinde for contributing wisdom and perspective to this article!]
Let’s say you’re a white person in a discussion that touches on race. You’ve heard of “white fragility” and “white women’s tears.” You know that your reaction in the moment is more important for the relationship than all the books you’ve read, rallies you’ve attended, or friends of color you claim.
But you’re also having a big emotional reaction. Maybe you’re on the verge of tears yourself. What do you do?
Take a lesson from Ring Theory: provide care in and seek care out.
Here’s a synopsis:Continue reading “Is it OK for white people to cry in race discussions?”
How will you promote equity in the new year? This time of year, many people make themselves promises about how this year will be different. Promises that last, oh, about 2 weeks. You can do better. As you consider how you can promote equity in the new year, don’t make a vague intention. Make a … Continue reading Go Beyond Good Intentions in the New Year by Making A Plan
Many companies, nonprofits, and government agencies use internships to help provide career development opportunities for people entering their field — and to tap into promising talent and maybe get some free or cheap labor. Some organizations bill these internships as part of their diversity efforts. Internship programs can help provide opportunities for those who would … Continue reading Is your internship program making inequality worse?