Podcast Recommendations

Part of my work as a white person is to uplift the voices of people of color, so I'm letting you in on this not-so-secret list of great podcasts. I don't subscribe to all of them (my weekly podcast list is long, and my podcast listening time is short), but I have listened to at … Continue reading Podcast Recommendations

Underpinnings

I was facilitating a caucus the other day, and the topic of discussion was apologizing: the pieces that need to be in place for us to make a sincere apology and how we can quell our natural instinct to defensiveness. About half way through the session, one of the participants turned to me and said, … Continue reading Underpinnings

Putting Relationships First

Equity Matters, a Seattle-based consulting firm, has a set of ground rules they use for workshops and discussions. One of those ground rules is, “Put relationships first -- Work to build community and trust with an awareness of power dynamics.” I’ve been thinking about this a lot recently and what it means to put relationships … Continue reading Putting Relationships First

Humanity

I think a lot about humanity. Not in a “human race” kind of way but in a “what it means to be human” way. Being human means being flawed. Being human means doing the best with what we have in the moment. Being human means allowing ourselves and others to be who they are at … Continue reading Humanity

Taking Negative Feedback

  If being wrong is a learning opportunity, then taking negative feedback gracefully and apologizing for our mistakes also gives us an opportunity to learn and grow. With their infographics, artist and activist Lukayo Estrella has made collective wisdom around taking negative feedback available to all of us. They have also given us a roadmap … Continue reading Taking Negative Feedback

Shifting Focus

In order to practice anti-racism, we have to continually shift our focus from the micro to the macro and back again through four levels of racial oppression: internalized, interpersonal, institutional, and systemic. As a race-based caucus facilitator and one-on-one anti-racism coach, I am constantly thinking about those different levels and how to guide people to … Continue reading Shifting Focus

Power

Power is the ability to influence or change an outcome. Generally speaking, there are two different kinds of power: institutional and personal. Institutional power is often used to restrict resources, exercise control over others, or decide what is best for other people. Personal power is the influence or authority someone has over themselves and their … Continue reading Power

What does it mean to be white and to be paid to do racial justice work?

What does it mean to be white and to be paid to do racial justice work? What are the ethics of me, a white person, making money off racial oppression? I struggled with these questions a lot once I decided to try to make anti-racism facilitation my career. I had been doing this work as … Continue reading What does it mean to be white and to be paid to do racial justice work?

Definition of Terms

Diversity. Inclusion. Equity. We see these terms used all over the place, but what do they really mean? What’s the difference between them? The following is an attempt to give a little clarity and help us all understand each other a little better. Let’s start with Diversity. Institutions that are at the beginning of their … Continue reading Definition of Terms

Being Wrong is a Learning Opportunity

We don't like to be wrong. Being wrong in our society means losing face, being diminished in the eyes of others. But being wrong, and being open to that possibility, allows us to grow. Making mistakes is often okay in educational environments where we are encouraged to try new things; why doesn't that value transfer … Continue reading Being Wrong is a Learning Opportunity