The time is now for leaders to take a stand and act against racism. Together we can make a difference.


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People are asking what they can do to support the Black community. We have pulled together some ideas and actions that we hope will get you started.

LEARN

  • Read books about the experience of Black people in America.
  • Follow Black organizations and leaders on social media.
  • Explore and connect with Black-owned or led organizations in your industry.
  • Explore resources about unconscious bias, its impacts, and steps you can take to interrupt its impact on the decisions you make and actions you take.
  • Take time to reflect on your own experience and role in creating more inclusion in your personal life, work life, and in society.

CONNECT

  • Reach out and check in – now and ongoing (e.g. ask how are you doing? how can I support you personally?) but do not push.
  • Listen more.
  • Be authentic and show empathy.
  • Ask permission to ask questions and talk about their experience and your privilege—people are individuals with their own experiences, there isn’t just one.
  • Deepen your connections, share your traditions, be curious and authentically invest in building strong relationships.

ACT AT WORK

  • Diversify and expand your networks.
  • Seek out untapped talent and provide opportunities.
  • Ask for (and demand) diverse slates of candidates for hiring and promotion.
  • Actively invite a range of perspectives and voices on all your teams.
  • Mentor or sponsor a colleague.
  • Actively support and sponsor Black Employee/ Business Resource Groups and their initiatives.
  • Notice what people are experiencing and ask how their experience differs from yours.

CONTRIBUTE

  • Do business with Black-owned businesses.
  • Volunteer with organizations that support Black youth.
  • Mentor a Black student.
  • Donate to college funds for Black students and to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

MODEL AT HOME

  • Talk about racial issues openly with your children and family. Encourage children to actively engage and lead discussions.
  • Provide books and toys that represent people of all different backgrounds.
  • Invite a diverse range of people into your social circle and celebrate aspects of each other’s cultures together.

GET ACTIVE

  • Get involved in your local community.
  • Contact local leaders, share your concerns, and ask what they are doing to change the status quo.
  • Identify and support candidates across the country.
  • Join boards and organizations that support the Black community.
  • Contribute your time or money towards justice system reform.

This is just a sampling of the many resources available. Take the time to explore and go deeper into the areas of most interest to you.

READ

  • White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo.
  • The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander. 
  • How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi.
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates.
  • White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson.
  • The Person You Mean to Be: How Good People Fight Bias by Dolly Chugh.

EXPLORE THESE ORGANIZATIONS

  • Campaign Zero: Dedicated to police reform and works with a 10-point plan aimed at reducing violence.
  • The Loveland Foundation: Committed to showing up for communities of color in unique and powerful ways, with a particular focus on Black women and girls.
  • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People: The vision of the NAACP is to ensure a society in which all individuals have equal rights without discrimination based on race.
  • Color of Change: Designs campaigns powerful enough to end practices that unfairly hold Black people back, and champion solutions that move us all forward.
  • The Southern Poverty Law Center: Specializes in civil rights and public interest litigation.

LISTEN TO BLACK VOICES

  • Brittany Packnett Cunningham: American activist, co-founder of Campaign Zero, co-host of the American political podcast “Pod Save the People”.
  • Ava DuVernay: American filmmaker, director, and film distributor.
  • Alicia Garza: American civil rights activist and editorial writer. Principal at the Black Futures Lab, co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement.
  • Ibram X. Kendi: American author and historian who teaches at American University.
  • Wes Moore: American author, social entrepreneur, television producer, and US army combat veteran.

VOLUNTEER

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters.
  • iMentor.
  • Black Girls Code.

BE AN ALLY

  • Pay attention to how people are treated and when you see injustice, speak up.
  • Find someone who will provide you with honest feedback. Ask for feedback regularly and hold yourself accountable.
  • Be prepared to understand and empathize around the challenges that exist for Black people, do not discount their perspective.
  • Join a community group focused on race, equity and justice.

UNCOVER UNCONSCIOUS BIAS

  • Catalyst course on edX.
  • Watch the Ted Talk by Verna Myers on How to overcome bias.
  • Take a course at work to explore your own biases and start the work of interrupting them.