Speaking Up Without Tearing Down

The author of this article, Loretta Ross, does an amazing job explaining the difference between calling-in and calling-out but takes it a step further to explain when calling-out is necessary. The nuance here is important when we talk about calling-in because the responsibility to call-in often rests, unfortunately on the individuals who were harmed. The “involuntary emotional labor” of calling-in is draining especially if the individual is unwilling to listen and/or using speech with the intention to hurt.

Although this article is geared to the classroom, this could be used in the workplace as well as in our personal relationships because we simply don’t know what we don’t know. I, as a black woman, have thought, believed and said things that were hurtful and untrue simply because I didn’t know and I am thankful for every person who corrected me. We can only speak from our lived experience and because of that, it is full of one-sided ideology. It is necessary for each of us to hear as many narratives as we can to expand what we see and understand as normal or right.

I encourage you to explore this article and think about how you can use it your own life.

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What Does "The Business Case For" Really Mean?

I have an automatic, negative reaction to the phrase “the business case for” + any equity-related issue. This particular reaction recently came up for me as I was reading a business journal for work. As a social researcher, I wanted to know what the business world had to say about equity issues and how to approach them, as that world is highly influential in my subset of academia which is very chatty about equity these days. I should have expected a “business case for” equity mindset to be prevalent throughout the read but hope, as usual, led me to disappointment. Page four featured a letter from the CEO titled, “Diversity: the Business Case and Beyond” and page 28 began an article on how “empowering young women” can be used as a strategy for attracting new clients.

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Yes, You're Allowed to Rest

Equity work is many things. It is fulfilling, powerful, and chock full of potential to change the world around you, be it in small or significant ways. We know the work is difficult, but that’s part of what makes it so important to be involved. Without effort, change won’t happen.

It is important, however, to recognize that equity work can be beyond difficult. It can be exhausting. The work is non-stop; when you live and breathe an equity mindset, you have to apply it to every aspect of your life. Equity work requires self reflection, some of which can be disheartening, even devastating as your realize that people whom you might love very much hold dehumanizing opinions of you or other people you care about. Finally, it’s disruptive, meaning that it often isn’t supported by your workplace. For these reasons, it is no wonder that many of us wind up “burned out.”

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Don't Say Nothing

Silence speaks volumes. Our students are listening.

ILLUSTRATION BY ALEX WILLIAMSON

ILLUSTRATION BY ALEX WILLIAMSON

As you prepare for your well deserved Thanksgiving break, I wanted to share this timeless piece by Jamilah Pitts for you to read and think about during your break. It is written with educators in mind, but I believe that there are real gems that can be gleaned from this article, regardless of your profession. Your silence is still a statement that students, as well as your co-workers, notice and feel. Take this Thanksgiving to not only nourish your body but also your mind.

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Reframing Immigration Community Art Exhibit

On Sunday, October 28, Word Up Community Bookshop in Washington Heights hosted a celebration and reception for the community art exhibit, Reframing Immigration. Reframing Immigration was a project I started in July 2018 when family separation at the border was being covered by every major news station. I wanted to help but I did not know how. All I could think of was sending supplies and money to organizations at the border. I didn’t want giving to be a solitary act. I wanted to build community and solidarity as I was giving. As I thought more about how to serve, I took a moment to think about my residential community. I live in a community that has a large Dominican population. I thought about what stories they carried. What were the things that connected us and divided us? These questions led me to use art as a tool to uncover those answers.

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Thinking About Voices

Voice is so much more than what words you use to communicate. Voice is personal, cultural, and expressive. Voice, once established, can be trained but never abolished. Lean into your voice, recognize the voices of those around you. Allow voices to help you discover communities old and new.

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