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Thank you for visiting my blog! These are my personal musings about identifying and uprooting systemic inequities. I hope you find them fun and thought-provoking.
It’s time to rethink ROI metrics in racial justice
Are you a member of a racial justice team at a white-led organization? Do you constantly get asked by organizational leaders, “What have you accomplished so far? Your team has been meeting for 6 months, so what has that investment gotten us? Show me the numbers!”?
What if Jeff Bezos Used Food Banks? An Examination of How NPOs Subsidize Affluence
How would you feel if I told you that Jeff Bezos got his groceries for free from a food bank? If he did, it would probably shock and anger you, right? These feelings come up because we as a society assume that nonprofits exist to support those who are unable to access the services they…
The (White) Elephant in the (Board) Room: How White Board Members Can Step Up By Stepping Aside
Welcome back, white board members, to the next step in your RE board development work! (note: be sure to read my last blog on racial equity and boards before launching into this one) So much of our effort to change our boards focuses on diversifying the board composition and bringing in more BIPOC members. But…
Actually, We’re Just Getting Started: Considerations for Crafting Solidarity Statements
It seems like every day there’s another statement from a historically white led organization (HWL) stating that they “stand with BLM.” Overall, it is good that there is a swell of consciousness and awareness of systemic racism among HWLs. There are many white leaders out there who are really paying attention with heightened urgency and…
“If You Like It Then You Shoulda Put a RE-ng On It!” Moving Nonprofit Boards Towards Real Racial Equity (RE) Commitments
Lately, it seems like every meeting I have with an Executive Director ends with them asking, “how do I bring my board along on my org’s racial equity journey?” I get it. I was an ED, I work with and for boards, and I’ve served on boards of all kinds. It’s hard. Boards are designed…
Dear White People (Who Want to Support BIPOC Colleagues at Work)
There is so much pain and suffering in our country right now, especially in BIPOC communities. It pervades all aspects of our daily lives, including work. For those of us fortunate to still be employed, we spend most of our waking hours doing our jobs. And, there is an unspoken and unrealistic expectation that we…
Overstretched: Finding the Right Fit for Your Racial Equity Rubber Band
The other day, I was trying to wrap a rubber band around a box that was just too big for the band. I stretched it and stretched it and sure enough, it snapped. But, for some reason, I started crying. It wasn’t because the sound scared me or I hurt myself; rather, I was sad…
Who’s Setting Your DEI Pace? Part II: An Interview with Principal Angela Sheffey-Bogan
Angela Sheffey-Bogan is a veteran public school educator and Principal of Sartori Elementary School, an innovative STEM school in Renton. Sartori is Angela’s pride and joy and she takes very seriously her responsibility and privilege to teach a student body composed predominantly of low-income students of color.
Who’s Setting Your DEI Pace?
I consider myself in pretty good shape. I work out a few times a week on the treadmill or in a power-stretching class (I can refuse to call it “yoga”). But the other day, I was helping a friend out at his winery and I learned how not in shape I am.
Okay, Ladies, Now Let’s Get INFORMATION! – Resources for Womxn in Business
I have big feet. Always have. Many stores don’t even carry my size (women’s 11), so for most of my life I had to buy men’s shoes instead. This was hard as a kid because my feet had a growth spurt way before my body did.