Education for Diversity, Allyship, & Anti-Racism
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Like many others, we’ve spent our days and nights learning all we can about the deep and complex history of racial injustice for Black Americans, particularly in light of the recent murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd.
We feel passionate about the necessity of solidarity, yet we were less confident about where we could respectfully enter the conversation. And we are still figuring it out.
But we do know one thing with certainty: education is at the very core of OfficeNinjas’ mission, which is to ensure that administrative and operations professionals have the resources and support they need to lead valued careers.
We talk often with our community about the critical role they play in a company’s success — and how the visibility they have across the entire organization is unique and affords them the opportunity to act as a powerful agent for organizational growth and positive change.
The horrors of 2020 have placed truth in stark relief: We must ALL be powerful agents for positive change — at work, at home, and in our communities.
Impactful allyship starts and ends with education. We’ve put together a variety of resources by academics, activists, researchers, faith leaders, and respected allies to aid this important learning. And we will continue to feature more ally-based education in our experiences and events moving forward.
And, as always, this isn’t a one-way conversation. We’d love to listen and learn from you. Share your feelings, ideas, and resources with us here.
In community and allyship,
Nancy + Edwin
Education is the core of productive allyship. Below is a curated list of resources by academics, activists, researchers, faith leaders, and respected allies. Do you have additional resources that would be helpful for the community? Share them with us here.
- Racial Equity Resources. Ongoing education, action, and awareness tools for organizations, curated by the DEI team at Airtable.
- How Organizations Can Support the Mental Health of Black Employees
- Beware Of Burning Out Your Black Employees
- Diversity Wins: How Inclusion Matters
- Big Data and Racial Bias: Can That Ghost Be Removed from the Machine?
- 10 Diversity Statistics That Will Make You Rethink Your Hiring Decisions
- How to Make Inclusivity More Than Just an Office Buzzword
- Are You Giving All of Your Employees an Equal Chance to Succeed?
- How Black Women Describe Navigating Race and Gender in the Workplace
- Black Professional Men Describe What It’s Like to Be in the Gender Majority but the Racial Minority
- Getting Over Your Fear of Talking About Diversity
- How to Talk (and Listen) to Transgender People
- The Anxiety of Being the “Only”
- We Can’t Breathe at Work, Either: John Henryism and the Health Impact of Racism
- How To Confront Your Implicit Bias
- Sisterhood Is Critical to Racial Justice
- For Our White Friends Desiring to Be Allies
- Becoming Trustworthy Allies
- 12 Ways to Be an Ally to Black People
- Don’t Be an Ally, Be an Accomplice
- How White People Can Get Educated and Stay Grounded
- White People: The Burden To Figure Out How To Be A Better Ally Is On Us
- Take 2: White Allies, Here’s Another List Of What To Do And What Not To Do, Or Wear, Or Watch
- Black Employees Say ‘Performative Allyship’ is an Unchecked Problem in the Office
- Dear Allies: You Will Be Tired But You Must Persist
- A List of Hundreds of Businesses Led by Black Women+
- The Difference Between First-Degree Racism and Third-Degree Racism
- To Fight US Racism, Research Prescribes a Nationwide Healing Process
- US Businesses Must Take Meaningful Action Against Racism
- The 10 Commitments Companies Must Make to Advance Racial Justice
- How US Companies Can Support Employees of Color Through the Pandemic
- Toward a Racially Just Workplace
- How White Managers Can Respond to Anti-Black Violence
- An Antiracist Reading List
- How to Make this Moment the Turning Point for Real Change
- A Civil Rights Expert Explains the Social Science of Police Racism
- Talking to Kids About Race
- How to Overcome the Fear of Talking to Your Kids About Race
Health Resources for LGBTQ+ People, Black People, and People of Color
- GLAAD’s LGBTQ+ Resource List
- LGBTQ Crisis Hotlines and Services
- LGBT Wellness Roundup Podcast
- Trans Lifeline. A trans-led organization that connects trans people to the community, support, and resources they need to survive and thrive. Includes a trans suicide hotline.
- 44 Black Mental Health Support Resources
- NAMI’s Mental Health Resources for Black Americans
- Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective
- Instances of Racism Add Up, Here are 5 Ways to Cope
- How Black Activists Are Maintaining Their Well-Being In This Moment
- How Adults Can Support the Mental Health of Black Children
- For Colored Girls Who Tech. A weekly newsletter for Black and Brown women highlighting entrepreneurship and venture capital in the tech ecosystem.
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- The Trevor Project. Crisis intervention and suicide prevention for LGBTQ+ youth.
- It Gets Better Project. Building a brighter and more hopeful future for LGBTQ+ youth.
- National Queer & Trans Therapists Of Color Network. Healing justice organization committed to transforming mental health for queer and trans people of color.
- PFLAG. National organization for LGBTQ+ people, their parents and families, and allies.
- AAKOMA Project. Evidence-based mental health outreach with a special focus on the unique experiences of people of color.
- Loveland Foundation. Loveland Therapy Fund provides financial assistance to Black women and girls nationally seeking therapy.
- Therapy For Black Girls. Sustaining and growing an engaged community centered on the mental health needs of Black women and girls.
- Black Men Heal. Providing access to mental health treatment, psycho-education, and community resources to men of color.