12 Resources to Read
- How To Challenge Ourselves to Grow As Allies by Corey Ponder
- Learning To Cope With Clinical Depression Has Made Me A Better Manager by Libby Maurer
- Why LGBT Employees Need Workplace Allies by Sylvia Ann Hewlett
- How to be an Ally in the Office by Natalie Stevens
- The Complexity of Identity: “Who Am I?” by Beverly Daniel Tatum
- Diversity in Tech: The Unspoken Empathy Gap by Jules Walter
- Better Together: 8 Ways Working with Women Leads to Extraordinary Products and Profits by Jonathan Sposato
- Ageism, Diversity’s Forgotten Cousin by Christopher Platts
- Why Diversity Matters by Vivian Hunt, Dennis Layton, and Sara Prince
- For Women and Minorities to Get Ahead, Managers Must Assign Work Fairly by Joan C. Williams and Marina Multhaup
- All Mixed Up: What Do We Call People Of Multiple Backgrounds? By Leah Donnella
- Blind Since Birth, Writing Code at Amazon Since 2013 by Neal Karlinsky and Jordan Stead
6 Resources to Watch
- The Urgency of Intersectionality by Kimberlé Crenshaw at TEDWomen
- The Surprising Solution to Workplace Diversity by Arwa Mahdawi at TEDx Talks
- The Danger of a Single Story by Chimamanda Adichie at TEDGlobal
- The Paradox of Diversity by Dr. Marilyn Sanders Mobley at TEDx Talks
- Implicit Bias — How It Effects Us and How We Push Through by Melanie Funchess at TEDx Talks
- Are You Biased? I Am by Kristen Pressner at TEDx Talks
5 Resources to Listen To
- Intersectionality Matters by Nephtali Navarro
- Out at Work by Nancy, with Tobin Low and Kathy Tu
- Code Switch by NPR
- Women at Work by HBR
- Tech Inclusion by Change Catalyst
How to be an ally
- Actively listen to people within the group with whom you want to ally yourself.
- Be aware of implicit biases you might have.
- Understand and reflect on your own identity, biases, and privileges.
- Do your research on the issues facing the oppressed group for which you want to be an ally. Don’t expect those with whom you want to ally yourself to teach you.
- Support the group you’re allying by letting them speak for themselves whenever possible, instead of speaking for or over them.
- Don’t take credit for the thoughts, actions, or ideas of the marginalized group for which you’re supporting.
- When you make a mistake, apologize sincerely, and use it as a learning experience to help you grow.
- Remember, ally is a verb — you need to do the work, every day. There will be instances that make you uncomfortable to speak up, but you can’t be a part-time ally.