Towards a Culture of Inclusion – Resources
Second Conversation on Race: Race in the Legal Community
January 19, 2021
New research published by Catalyst documents the “Emotional Tax”paid by women and men of color in the workplace and offers strategies for reducing and eliminating it.
New Research on Workplace Emotional Tax and Four Strategies for Change
Conversations about race are necessary if our workplaces are going to be truly inclusive but are often avoided because we are afraid of saying the wrong thing. Here’s a list of the six “greatest hits”of things not to say in such conversations and some suggestions for how to keep your conversations on track.
Phrases to Avoid Using in Conversations About Race
If you want to continue the conversation in your firm or law department, this article by the National Day of Racial Healing suggests the way to set the stage for a constructive exchange.
Talking about Racism, Racial Equity and Racial Healing with Friends, Family, Colleagues and Neighbors
New York Times bestseller: So you want to talk about race, by Ijeoma Oluo. Order it from and support a Black-owned local business.
ABA published: What If I Say the Wrong Thing; 25 Habits for Culturally Effective Peopleby VernāA. Myers. Buy the book or e-book from the ABA.
Bias-Interruption Training by Dr. Will Cox
November 17 and 19, 2020
Do you have uncommon biases? The most widely used measure of implicit bias along a variety of dimensions is the Implicit Association Test (IAT), developed by social psychologists Anthony Greenwald and Mahzarin Banaji in the 1990s. Take it here.
According to this study by Marianne Bertrand and Sendhill Mullainathan, “[identical] applicants with white-sounding names are 50 percent more likely to get called for an initial interview than applicants with African-American-sounding names.” Are Emily and Greg More Employable Than Lakisha and Jamal? A Field Experiment on Labor Market Discrimination, 94 American Economic Rev. 991 (Sept. 2004).
In this study by Dr. Arin Reeves, who spoke to the Coalition in 2019 about behavioral interviewing, identical memos written by hypothetical African-American and white individuals had substantially different feedback resulting from bias associated with race. Written in Black & White: Exploring Confirmation Bias in Racialized Perceptions of Writing Skills
This study, “You Can’t Change What You Can’t See: Interrupting Gender and Racial Bias,” a report by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) and the American Bar Association’s Commission on Women in the Profession, includes these (and other) findings:
- Women lawyers of color were eight times more likely than white men to report that they had been mistaken for janitorial staff, administrative staff, or court personnel. ·
- 80% of white men, but only 63% of white women, 59% of men of color, and 53% of women of color reported that they had equal opportunities for high-quality assignments.
First Conversation on Race: Race in Our Community
October 14, 2020
Pittsburgh’s Inequality Across Gender and Race, a report of the City of Pittsburgh’s Gender Equity Commission (Howell, Goodkind, Jacobs, Branson, Miller)
City of Pittsburgh Gender Equity Commission: Building an Equitable New Normal: Responding to the Crises of Racist Violence and COVID-19
Yes, Pittsburgh: it’s racism, by Junia Howell, lead author of Pittsburgh’s Inequality Across Gender and Race; Public Source, September 23, 2019
Pittsburgh Is the Worst City in America for Black People. Here’s How It Can Get Better, by Damon Young, Pittsburgher, author, and editor-in-chief of Very Smart Brothas
For Black Girls, School Discipline Doesn’t Always Look Like Justice, by Erica L. Green, Mark Walker and Eliza Shapiro, The New York Times, October 2, 2020
Discipline disparities between Black and White boys have driven reform efforts. But Black girls are arguably the most at-risk student groups.
The Case for Reparations by Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Atlantic, 2014
There are a number of popular books that touch on subjects raised in this session. Here’s a sample:
The Color of Law (Liveright, May 2017) by Richard Rothstein
In this book, Rothstein argues that segregation in America—the incessant kind that continues to dog our major cities and has contributed to so much recent social strife—is the byproduct of explicit government policies at the local, state, and federal levels.
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond
Desmond, a MacArthur “genius award” recipient, follows eight families in Milwaukee, a city not unlike Pittsburgh, as they navigate housing in some of the city’s poorest neighborhoods during the 2007-08 recession. 2016 Pulitzer Prize winner.
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Color Blindness by Michelle Alexander
Alexander, a former civil rights litigator, reveals how millions of African-Americans have been locked behind bars and then relegated to a permanent second-class status.
Caste by Isabel Wilkerson
Wilkerson illuminates the unspoken system of human ranking in the United Stated and reveals how we are confronting the same divisions today that have dogged us for centuries.
PLDIC Leaders Webinar — As an Ally, How Can You Interrupt Racial Bias in the Workplace?
September 15, 2020
5 Things You Can Do to Be a Better Ally
Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla F. Saad
My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies
The Authenticity Principle by Ritu Bhasin
Dismantling Racism Works Web Workbook
PLDIC Lawyers of Color Webinar — The Internalization of Racial Bias: What Happens in the Workplace
September 15, 2020
In conversation with Valerie Kinloch, Dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Education. Co-presented by City Theatre and Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
September 10, 2020
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