Sunday, February 14, 2016

Things I am Learning About my Part in Diversity and Inclusion

As a cis-gendered, heterosexual, white man, I want to:

  • do my homework to learn fundamentals about marginalized groups' experiences
  • amplify marginalized people’s voices
  • believe marginalized people's life experiences 
  • understand intent vs impact of what I say
  • be ready for the mistakes I will make
  • accept that the people that my mistakes hurt may be angry
  • accept that they don’t owe me an explanation of why it hurts (see doing homework)
  • not “expect a cookie” for working on diversity and inclusion (pic)
  • understand that being an ally is not a yes/no condition, but requires a level of proactivity
  • find someone besides marginalized people to help me explore my feelings about allyship
  • learn to "check my privilege" and understand that I have privilege even if I had a hard life of poverty and abuse.

If these ideas interest you, please follow the links above and come see me present at Agile and Beyond 2016 this May.


4 comments:

  1. Great reminders no matter your profession. Thank you!

    ReplyDelete
  2. This is awesome. Thanks Jeff! I think we all need to remain really proactive in this battle.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I agree Jake, we should be proactive in educating ourselves and getting our actions and words in alignment with the higher good. I would offer a softer, more feminine approach though to the word "battle." The only thing we are truly fighting is ourselves - and fighting creates tension. Perhaps we can look at this as a healing, or an opportunity to be more whole.

      Delete
  3. I wish I had added these two privileges to the first line of this post: able-bodied & middle class.

    ReplyDelete