Allyship: Inclusion and Acknowledging Privilege (Part 1 of Diversity Series) - Shared screen with speaker view
Hi everyone! Sophie from Tech Ladies here! Thank you for joining us for the first webinar in our Diversity Series this year. Feel free to use the chat to share where you’re watching from and make sure to follow our code of conduct: https://www.hiretechladies.com/code-of-conduct/ :) Enjoy!
I’m watching from Los Angeles
Watching from Barbarian, a creative agency in NYC
A Thinking Ape in Vancouver
Watching from Phoenix, AZ
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This to me means that if you deny your allyship you’re denying someone’s lived experiences
*deny your privilege
You can’t only be an ally when it’s easy/convenient for you
To me, this quote means that those who don’t have privilege don’t have options… and my allyship should reflect that.
Pivilege or lack thereof can't be turned on or off.
Being an ally also means to me that it shouldn’t be about you so you shouldn’t be the loudest voice in the room
Sometimes I find it difficult to adjust: when around others who don't have privilege, I try to make space for others. But when I'm around others with privilege, I try to make sure I'm speaking out as an ally. But it can be hard to move between those two situations. How have others manage shifting between these contexts?
What’s the best way to challange someone who says they don’t have white privilege and then uses their socioeconomic disadvantage in life to demonstrate their “lack of privilege” ?
I found the examples in Peggy McIntosh’s article to be helpful in explaining white privilege: https://www.racialequitytools.org/resourcefiles/mcintosh.pdf
Nice, thanks Kate
Yes, thank you Kate! Amanda - we will bring this question up near the end - if we have time :)
Many minority groups, particularly Native Americans, have been disempowered as people appropriate their stories (occasionally using them for personal gain). I'd like to make sure I'm amplifying underrepresented voices and not stealing or appropriating others' voices. What are steps I can take to ensure I'm amplifying and not appropriating? (For example, perhaps not telling stories without permission--but what about sharing minority perspectives or opinions?)
Inviting feedback is literally the only way that we’ve been able to get constructive feedback to happen at work.
I think feedback can be really diverse. For example, I have friends who belong to less privilege groups who have offered me advice or signalled how they want to be treated. I see this all as great feedback--and I'm always humbled when it happens because it means they believe I can grow and improve.
I've also been really lucky to have great friends who belong to less privileged groups who are willing to sometimes have honest conversations with me and to educate me. I try to pass this education on.
Silence makes you complicit
Silence is an action
Yup, allyship is not something you can turn on and off
There was a great article recently about how silence has been weaponized by politicians, often in support of policies harming BIPOC
“The silent majority”
I’ll try to find it!
I commit to giving constructive feedback to those who speak over others.
Making sure that the perspectives of my less privileged friends (LGBT, racial minorities, etc.) are represented in conversations where they aren't present. I don't think anyone should be able to forget or ignore that oppression exists.
I’m going to invite a black colleague for a coffee chat
I'll be more aware of when to speak up and when to listen
I will confront/provide feedback to the people who hold similar privileges to mine in my workplace about their ignorant or hateful language they are using
I want to try to implement this advice regarding people in power
I believe the conversation that has to happen first is asking people in power to invite feedback.
Thanks folks, this was great
Thank you everyone! Please join us on April 3 for the next webinar :) - Sophie @ Tech Ladies
So so so good! Thank you!
Thanks so much!
What is your podcast called again?
Oops haha, thanks
If you want to be a better ally to the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, share your pronouns when you introduce yourself. Normalize this and stop putting the onus on others. Thanks. :)