Year: 2021

New DiversifyIT video series

Last summer, members of DiversifyIT gathered to participate in a video project, produced by J. Brandon Johnson, about the impact of the work over the past two years. Here are the first two installments in the video series. Stay tuned for more in 2022!   Everything Is A Choice A Cultural Climate Change  

Word of the Week: Being Called Out/In

More information and examples: “Interrupting Bias:  Calling Out vs. Calling In”  by Rebecca Haslam, Ph.D. http://www.racialequityvtnea.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Interrupting-Bias_-Calling-Out-vs.-Calling-In-REVISED-Aug-2018-1.pdf   Getting Called Out How to Apologize, Chescaleigh https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8xJXKYL8pU (8.5 min.)   Learn more about “Optical Allyship” and “Being Called In/Out” at our next Brown Bag Lunch this Wednesday – 11/17   Join us Wednesday (11/17) at Noon for …

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Word of the Week: Optical Allyship

More information and examples: “What is Optical Allyship?” by Noor Ibrahim https://globalnews.ca/news/7032981/george-floyd-optical-allyship-black-lives-matter/ Layla Saad discussing Week 3 “Allyship” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49B7PTuPkks (10.5 min.) AND……!  Learn more about Optical Allyship at our Brown Bag Lunch for Wednesday – 11/17 Join us Wednesday (11/17) at Noon for a Brown Bag Lunch on Optical Allyship as defined in “Me & White Supremacy: …

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Word of the Week: White Saviorism

White Saviorsim: White saviorism [is] the belief that people with white privilege, who see themselves as superior in capability and intelligence, have an obligation to ‘save’ BIPOC from their supposed inferiority and helplessness.  White saviorism is condescending and an attempt to assuage one’s own white guilt.  It may look like an attempt to make things …

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Word of the Week: Tokenism

*Excerpt from Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad. More information and examples: “Tokenism: a Double Sided Coin” by Fiona Byarugaba https://www.thoughtworks.com/en-us/insights/blog/tokenism-double-sided-coin Diversity vs. Tokenism, T1J https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnxnlj-um5A (19 min.) AND……! Learn more about Tokenism and White Saviorism at our Brown Bag Lunch for Wednesday – 11/3 Join us next Wednesday (11/3) at Noon for a …

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Word of the Week: White Centering

More information and examples:   “How NOT to be an Ally – Part 1 “Centering the Privileged” by Kim A. Case, PH.D. https://www.drkimcase.com/how-not-to-be-an-ally-part-1/   What is the Cost of Centering Whiteness? Toussaint Morrison https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yImoCorGRA (7 min.)   AND……!  Learn more about White Apathy and White Centering at our Brown Bag Lunch THIS Wednesday – 10/20 …

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Follow up: ‘Autism Goes To College’

Nearly two dozen of us ended our Wednesday, Oct. 13, by gathering on Zoom to watch the documentary, “Autism Goes To College,” followed by a discussion and q&a session with Kimberly Blackshear and Dr. Tara Chandrasekhar from Duke’s Neurodiversity Connections. The film was moving and engaging and several were moved by the challenges and resilience …

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