[Inspiration Leads to Transformation-Digital Handbook]
Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion as a Personal Desire.
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Learnings from practitioners in New York City–based organizations that serve African, LatinX, Asian, Arab, and Native American Culture and Communities.
“If we aren’t vigilant about safeguarding our identities and telling and documenting our stories in our own voice, someone else can and will rewrite and define
who we are.”
“Data is illuminating and powerful when contemplating change. It is the anchor to new ideas, the paper and ink when crafting a story. Data, however, has no loyalty. It is used to tell any story desired by the author. This is why data must be in the service of a bold, radical vision. It is vision and artistry that spark culture shifts and inspirepeople to demand and sustain change.”
“In order to tap into our humanity; we have to strengthen our empathy muscles. And we will never strengthen our empathy muscles if we stay in our bubbles.”
Biases-- We All Have Them
Video | Are You Biased? I Am | Kristen Pressner | TEDxBasel [8.48 mins]
Highlight: Flip it to test it technique
Promote self-awareness. Take the Implicit Associations Test.
We have positive and negative biases. Understand the nature of our biases. Unconscious bias is a normal aspect of human cognition.
Identify and create a list of situations in which your implicit biases impact your behavior.
Be more open and friendlier when interacting with people you perceive as different-- brain follows the heart.
Educate yourself. Read, watch, listen, have conversations.
How to Have Difficult Conversations
Video | How to Resolve Racially Stressful Conversations | Howard C. Stevenson | TEDMED [17:35 mins]
Read, recast and resolve mindfulness strategy:
Read-- recognize when a racial moment happens and notice your stress reactions to it
Recast-- reduce stress by mindfully moving your thoughts from overwhelming to manageable, and
Resolve-- negotiate with yourself towards a healthy conclusion
Stress management technique:
Calculate your stress-- identify how stressed you are on a numeric scale
Locate-- find where in your body you feel the stress and describe it
Communicate-- share what images and thoughts are coming in your mind
Breathe & exhale slowly
Video | Empathy: The Heart of Difficult Conversations | Michelle Stowe | TEDxTallaght [8.21 mins]
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Curren R., Nelson, J., Marsh, D.S., Noor, S., and Liu, N. “Racial Equity Action Plans, A How-to Manual.”: Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, University of California, Berkeley, 2016.