Resources for Active Anti-Racism

As author Ibram X. Kendi writes in How to be an Antiracist: The opposite of racist isn’t “not racist.” It is “anti-racist.”:

“What’s the difference? One endorses either the idea of a racial hierarchy as a racist, or racial equality as an anti-racist. One either believes problems are rooted in groups of people, as a racist, or locates the roots of problems in power and policies, as an anti-racist. One either allows racial inequities to persevere, as a racist, or confronts racial inequities, as an anti-racist. There is no in-between safe space of ‘not racist.'”

On this page, we provide you resources to help you take action to serve as an anti-racist.  We will continue to update this page as we collectively learn, evolve and work together to create positive change.

AWE Resources to Support Courageous Conversations

Courageous Conversations

In order for us to be a part of positive change, we must be willing to have courageous conversations that help us expand our thinking and work collectively towards real change. In this Free Friday conversation, we explore the mindset of courage and how we can all lean into more courage in this time of need so that we can be of real service to our community

When we don’t name it, we cannot change it

In times like this, it’s hard to find the words to say or actions to take. There is nothing easy about what is happening in our nation and the long, many times unspoken and ignored racism that occurs to people of color. Click to read more from Kevin-Rene Matta.

The Courage to Forge New Paths

Join us for a courageous conversation with Trace Ballard from the CIA who will share with us ways to forge new paths through courage and inclusion.

Pathways to Healthy Empathy

Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of another person. Healthy empathy creates openings that are safe for us and another person. Watch this past Friday Conversation learn more beliefs, mindsets, and practices that enable you to use the power of empathy to make a real positive impact.

Don’t Look Down: Ways To See Humanity From Any Lens

Join us for an interactive conversation and stunning experience with renowned photographer and artist, Robert Sturman as he shares with us a beautiful story of capturing humanity through his lens and art.

Exposed – Reframing Vulnerable Conversations In Our New Abnormal

Join us as we share insights into how we can lean in and reframe the conversation in the workplace to feel safe and invite a spirit of inclusion as we continue to navigate the dynamically shifting new abnormal of the workplace.

Contact Us

Contact AWE to learn more about our services for Inclusion Professionals and our Inclusive Leadership Series designed to help leaders expand their ability to engage others through belonging by recognizing uniqueness and creating trusted alignment.

Contact Kevin Matta at kmatta@aweconnects.com to learn more.

We also want to provide more services that can help individuals and companies address racism.  Please share your ideas with us at support@aweconnects.com.

 

Get Curious and Educate Yourself

While it may seem easier to ask black friends and colleagues to teach you, it is actually dehumanizing to be asked to represent the experiences of your entire race.

There are many amazing books and articles that illuminate the complex and multifaceted nature of racism in the United States.  We encourage you to expand your genuine curiosity and do your own research.

Get Involved

Diversity & Inclusion Professionals (DAIP) is a non-profit, networking and professional development organization that promotes equity and inclusion as important elements of business and community success.

Visit DAIP.US to learn more

For more information, visit these websites:

https://www.nonviolenceinstitute.org/

https://www.showingupforracialjustice.org/

https://blacklivesmatter.com/

Our Commitment

On behalf of AWE, we join you in grieving the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and many more, named and unnamed, whose lives have been taken from them due to racial injustice. We also want to share our support for all who live daily with the fear, stress, and anxiety of racial discrimination and inequity.  There is much work to be done to unify and heal ourselves and our communities from a place of consciousness.

We are committed to listening deeply, learning, and finding meaningful ways to use our voice, our platform and our resources to help transform our collective sadness, pain, anger, and feelings of hopelessness to real awareness and actions that can create positive, systemic change. We have hope that we can inspire each other to choose actions that benefit the greater good, create real connection through courageous conversations, and expand our collective lens of what is possible for all.