NEW! Word of the Week Series

definition of tone policing

DiversifyIT has launched a new series this fall, “Word of the Week,” to help our community develop shared language around diversity and inclusion. There are three separate and distinct ways to participate. (Or you could do all three!)

#1: Learn the definition

Over the summer, our Book Club discussions exposed us to new terms and phrases that help us articulate the ways white supremacy weaves its way into our daily interactions and activities.

Beginning on Monday, September 20, we’ll kick off and share a term or phrase and its definition from the New York Times or USA Today bestseller, Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor, by Layla F. Saad. For example, terms like ‘tone policing’ are integral to our understanding of white supremacy and deserve time for discussion. Watch the DiversifyIT mailing list or Teams channel for the week’s term.


#2: Come to the Word of the Week Brown Bag Lunch

What about definition didn’t make sense? What resonated? Dig deeper into the Word of the Week with your DiversifyIT colleagues. Ask questions and learn something new in our Word of the Week Brown Bag Lunches, held from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. on the following dates:

  • September 22
  • October 6
  • October 20
  • November 3
  • November 17

#3: Join the Book Club

The Word of the Week Brown Bag discussions will run concurrently with the Me & White Supremacy Book Club, which starts Friday, Oct 1 at 3:00 p.m. Members of the Book Club will enjoy deeper conversations about new terms, their structural roots and more. If you’re interested in joining the Book Club, register here by September 27.

We know how busy you are, and hope you’ll join the Word of the Week Brown Bag discussions  — they will be a great, low impact way to educate yourself without needing to read a book. And if you have more time and want to dig deeper, the Book Club is for you!