We know that we cannot claim to be committed to diversity and inclusion without speaking out against the overt and covert forms of racism faced by the Black community on a daily basis. To build diverse and inclusive workplaces, we need to start with equity. No workplace can be inclusive without making space for tough conversations and speaking up for what's right.
We're reading, we're listening, and we're educating ourselves on how we can do better. And we're working with the companies and leaders that partner with us to do the same—to not only speak out against injustice, but to take actions to create equity and combat racism within and outside of their organizations.
We shared some of the resources we've been using as an organization here, but we wanted to create this post to serve as a living document that we will continue to add to and update regularly. Have feedback or questions? Email us at email@example.com.
(And if you've read this far and find yourself questioning whether this strong of a reaction is really necessary, we'd like to challenge you to start here—and keep in mind that that article was written in 1989, but not much has changed since then.)
Coping at Work
- 44 Mental Health Resources for Black People Trying to Survive in This Country
- How to Handle Microaggressions at Work
- How to Deal with Racism at Work (When it happens to you, when it happens to a coworker, or when you hear about it as a manager)
Resources for Employers/Allies in the Workplace
- A list of resources to learn about injustice in tech and what you can do about it
- Your Black Colleagues May Look Like They're Okay — Chances Are They're Not
- Please Stop 'Checking In to See If I'm Okay': Whatever you think I might be feeling because of the news right now, it's not new for me this week.
- What Black Employees Want to Hear from Their Companies
- How U.S. Companies Can Support Employees of Color Through the Pandemic
- What Your Black Employees & Customers Need to Hear
- How to Be an Ally to Your Black Colleagues and Peers
- Being an Ally to Black Colleagues and Peers
- How to Foster More Inclusive Environments
- Getting Leadership Buy-In For Diversity Efforts
- How To Create A Diversity Scorecard For Your Organization
- Heart To Heart - Ladyship & DiversityUsing the I in D&I to Attract and Retain Top TalentMitigating Bias in Tech Through Systemic Change
Understanding Systemic Racism and White Privilege
Articles to Read
- White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack
- The Coronavirus Was an Emergency Until Trump Found Out Who Was Dying
Books to Read
- When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Asha Bandele, Patrisse Cullors
- So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo (you can rewatch our book club discussion when you finish here!)
- Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad
- How To Be An Antiracist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
- The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
by Michelle Alexander
- White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo, PhD
Films to Watch
- Destin Daniel Cretton's legal drama Just Mercy
- Ava DuVernay's documentary 13th
- DuVernay's Historical Drama Selma
Videos Under 10 Minutes
- Kimberly Jones Explains Racism + the U.S. Economy in Under 7 Minutes
- Emanuel Acho's "Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man"
Talking About Race with Your Kids
- Oprah Winfrey's OWN special, "Where Do We Go From Here?"
Places You Can Donate
- The Bail Project: The Bail Project™ National Revolving Bail Fund provides free bail assistance to low-income individuals who are legally presumed innocent, and whom a judge has deemed eligible for release before trial contingent on paying bail.
- Minnesota Freedom Fund
- Black Lives Matter: Support the fight against state-sanctioned anti-Black violence and systemic racism.
- National Black Bailout Fund: Help end systems of mass incarceration and free imprisoned Black mothers..
- Louisville Community Bail Fund: Contribute to bail for protestors in Louisville.
- Black Visions Collective: Fund campaigns to empower Black communities in Minnesota.
- Reclaim the Block: Help Minneapolis community and city council members move money from the police department into areas that promote community health and safety.
Upcoming Discussions to Join
Diversity Reboot 2020, June 15th-17th, specifically talks by:
- Representative Val Demings, former chief of the Orlando Police Department (and author of a great op-ed in the Post asking her former colleagues "what in the hell are you doing?"), on the strategies and policies required to lift more women, especially black women, into public office and higher-visibility roles across our economy.
- Daisy Auger-Dominguez, Chief People Officer at Vice Media on how to build more diverse newsrooms,
- Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings on what past civil rights leaders can teach us about current fights for equality.
Additional Resources for Allyship
Women Founders & CEOs Share Their Tips
If you're anxious about looking for a new job right now, you're not alone. We've talked before about how you can land a job in the midst of COVID-19, but today we wanted to share advice from some of the experts who spoke at our inaugural Diversity Reboot Summit.
If you're struggling with perfectionism:<span style="display:block;position:relative;padding-top:56.25%;" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="824ce73e30a279a266a5dd91047dd6f5"><iframe lazy-loadable="true" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/y58Luzbv_vw?rel=0" width="100%" height="auto" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" style="position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;"></iframe></span><p><em>Reshma Saujani is the Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, the international nonprofit organization working to close the gender gap in technology and change the image of what a computer programmer looks like and does. Since her viral TED Talk, "Teach Girls Bravery, Not Perfection" resonated worldwide, Reshma has been on a mission to inspire women to leave socially-ingrained perfectionism behind and rewire themselves for braver, bolder lives. Reshma talked with Zeryn Sarpangal, Chief Financial and People Officer, Code For America, about how women can work to be brave, not perfect, as they look for new opportunities. </em></p>
If you're looking to pivot into tech (and land a remote job):<span style="display:block;position:relative;padding-top:56.25%;" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="80353e84513d2d043db309aaa94d457a"><iframe lazy-loadable="true" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ZaPMxG_5C40?rel=0" width="100%" height="auto" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" style="position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;"></iframe></span><p><em>Adda Birnir, CEO of Skillcrush, shares her tips for getting the skills you need to land a remote job, even if you don't have a tech background. Skillcrush is an online tech-education company that helps their women make a career change into tech. </em></p>
If you need an inside connection:<span style="display:block;position:relative;padding-top:56.25%;" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="e38baadbe67361bff0eb4b95a5d2ade3"><iframe lazy-loadable="true" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/gjK8kjosZe8?rel=0" width="100%" height="auto" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" style="position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;"></iframe></span><p><em>How will we connect with others professionally as social distancing continues? During this session, Kristy Wallace, CEO of Ellevate Network; Natasha Green, Sr. Local Communities Manager at AnitaB.org Initiative; and Dee Poku-Spalding, Founder and CEO of WIE (Women: Inspiration and Enterprise) share their expert networking advice with Organized SHIFT CEO Landi Spearman.</em></p>
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