Last year was one for the history books. A global pandemic, social unrest, political movements and so much more changing everything as we knew it. But, it wasn’t all bad — through the troubles and setbacks, we saw innovation, improvement and collaboration between people of all origins, races, politics and genders.
This year, it is so important to continue the growth we saw in 2020. It is up to individuals, and institutions, to prioritize diversity efforts to ensure that the connections we have made continue to grow stronger for the future.
One way to do that is by staying informed on actionable steps for success. Here are some tips and tricks for combating racism, shared by Better Allies CEO and author Karen Catlin and Anti-Racism Daily editor-in-chief Nicole Cardoza:
Share your salary
One of the best ways to recognize and combat discrimination in the workplace is through pay transparency. While it may seem to be an issue of the past, pay discrimination is still widely common, especially for women of color. Recently, Better Allies shared a few data points:
“If your company hasn’t already instituted a pay equity review, you have work to do,” according to Better Alllies. “Do you have the power to make this happen for your team — or, better yet, for your larger function or business unit? If so, use your privilege to move your organization toward pay equity.”
Learn how to apologize
It’s human nature to make mistakes, but the ability to recognize and make amends for those mistakes is what sets those who actually want change apart from the rest. Anti-Racism editor-in-chief Nicole Cardoza shared that “sometimes, an apology can be an excellent start to transforming our relationships – with ourselves, each other, and society as a whole.”
But just apologizing is not enough. Cardoza shared additional recommendations she has learned from other resources:
Ask candidates how they’ve contributed to diversity and inclusion in past roles
To further inclusion efforts, it’s important for organizations to prioritize diversity in representation both externally and internally. This means ensuring that all candidates understand and work towards making your organization one of inclusivity and inclusion. From the book “Better Allies: Everyday Actions to Create Inclusive, Engaging Workplaces,” here are a few suggested questions to ask potential hires during the interview process:
Ashley Neal joined the Sidecar team as Community Coordinator in March of 2020, right as the COVID-19 pandemic began to shut down life as we knew it. Having to adapt, overcome and predict the changes needed to survive in the new normal, Ashley now has the skills needed to juggle any obstacle thrown her way. A soon-to-be graduate from Southeastern Louisiana University in the field of Strategic Communications, Ashley spends her days balancing her work and education with her love of dogs. Taking her three dogs — Scooby, Pipsqueak and Moose — to restaurants, hiking trails, vacations and even participating in dog shows and sports is the highlight of her weekends.
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