Education

DEI Edcuation is essential and creates a baseline for all staff within Facilities. The below content highlights actionable DEI resources for employees, managers, and service line leaders.

If you have recommendations beyond what is listed here, please contact the Facilities DEI Council at facilities-dei@northwestern.edu

DEI Resource Library

DEI Basics

Videos:

  • Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw Defines Intersectionality (6m41s) by Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw: The defining and discusising of intersectionality.

  • The Danger of a Single Story (19m16s) by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie TED Talk: Our lives, people's lives, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie describes how she found authenticity by questioning the stories she had received. She warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk misunderstanding ourselves and others.
  • The World Needs All Kinds of Minds (19m43s) by Temple Grandin. Diagnosed with autism as a child, Temple talks about how her mind works, sharing her ability to "think in pictures," which helps her solve problems that neurotypical brains might miss. She makes the case that the world needs people on the autism spectrum: visual thinkers, pattern thinkers, verbal thinkers, and all kinds of smart geeky kids. 

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LinkedIn Learning:
  • Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging (47m): Join HR luminary Pat Wadors as she explains how to drive the conversation on DIBs, hire and retain diverse talent, listen to employees, and integrate DIBs into your employee life cycle. Managers and executives should tune in for special tips on embedding DIBs in the employee experience.

  • How to Be More Inclusive (1h12m): In this course, Kelsey Bardfield explores common biases in the workplace and tangible ways to shut them down. Kelsey explores privilege and equity, and illustrates the key differences between equality and equity and the importance of doing so. She also discusses key topics like identity, microaggressions, hiring practices, allyship, and inclusion best-practices.
  • Cultivating Cultural Competence and Inclusion (47m): In this course, Mary Frances Winters shares scenarios and techniques that can help you grasp how your worldview impacts your behavior, as well as how to more effectively engage and adapt across cultural differences. 
  • Talking Boldly: When Inclusion Meets Politics at the Office (16m): Politics are everywhere because people are everywhere, and people are political animals. Genuine conversations about politics involve many opinions that require patience, a new vocabulary, and tools to navigate heated eruptions that are often unrelated to work yet are happening in the workplace. How do you know what to say and what not to say? In this course, Vernā Myers introduces useful strategies and approaches to holding these conversations while keeping the peace in the workplace.

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Unconscious Bias

Videos:

  • Implicit Bias: Check Our Bias to Wreck Our Bias (3m) by PBS/WTTW: Signs of implicit bias lurk within our inboxes, social networks, and the patterns of our daily lives. Looking at our own data can help us change our ways.  
  • Who, Me? Biased? (2m26s) by The New York Times: What is implicit bias? NYT/POV's Saleem Reshamwala unscrews the lid on the unfair effects of our subconscious. 
  • How unintentional but insidious bias can be the most harmful (7m 59s) by PBS News Hour: Derald Wing Sue of Teachers College at Columbia University speaks about the ways that everyday “microaggressions” can affect people.  

Articles:

  • 16 Unconscious Bias Examples and How to Avoid Them in the Workplace by Bailey Reiners: The best way to reduce unconscious biases is to become aware of them. Start here with 16 examples of unconscious bias and tips to reduce them.
  • How the Best Bosses Interrupt Bias on Their Teams by Joan C. Williams and Sky Mihaylo for the Harvard Business Review: How can you, as an individual leader, make sure your team is including and making the most of diverse voices? Although bias itself is devilishly hard to eliminate, it is not as difficult to interrupt. In the decades we’ve spent researching and advising people on how to build and manage diverse work groups, we’ve identified ways that managers can counter bias without spending a lot of time—or political capital.

LinkedIn Learning:

  • Confronting Bias: Thriving Across Our Differences (40m): In this course, Arianna Huffington and Verna Myers discuss the impact of our cultural lens on our daily relations and how to counter bias in our words and actions.
  • Unconscious Bias (23m): In this course, diversity expert Stacey Gordon helps you recognize and acknowledge your own biases so that you can identify them when making decisions, and prevent yourself from making calls based on a biased viewpoint. 

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Anti-Racism

Videos

  • Privilege Means Just Having Two Good Choices (12m 13s) by Xavier Ramey: Xavier Ramey helps organizations shift their cultural and engagement strategies to increase diversity and socioeconomic equity. A native of the North Lawndale community, he shows us Chicago through his eyes and offers real solutions to poverty, crime, and racism if we can honestly examine the impact of our individual life decisions.
  • Let's Get to the Root of Racial Injustice (19m 37s) by Megan Ming Francis: In this inspiring and powerful TED talk, Megan Francis traces the root causes of our current racial climate to their core causes, debunking common misconceptions and calling out "fix-all" cures to a complex social problem. 

  • How to be Antiracist (54m 53s) by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi. The only way to undo racism is to consistently identify and describe it—and then dismantle it,” writes professor Ibram X. Kendi. This is the essence of antiracism: the action that must follow both emotional and intellectual awareness of racism. Explore what an antiracist society might look like, how we can play an active role in building it, and what being an antiracist in your own context might mean. 

Podcasts

  • Unlocking Us: How to be an Anti-racist (47m) by Brené Brown with Ibram Kendi . Discusson of racial disparities, policy, and equality, with a focus on How to Be an Antiracist, which is a groundbreaking approach to understanding uprooting racism and inequality in our society and in ourselves. 
  • Why Now, White People? (47m) by Gene Demby and Sherrine Marisol Meraji of NPR Code Switch: Protests and marches have erupted across the country in broad support of the Black Lives Matter movement, even in alabaster-white cities with negligible black populations. The top of The New York Times' bestseller list was seemingly fueled by the same energy, undoubtedly as a result of the many, many reading lists published in the last few weeks meant to help white people think more critically about race in the United States.  Some major shift appears to be happening with a large cohort of white people. But why now?

Articles

  • Racial Healing Handbook-Being Antiracist: This handout is from the "Racial Healing Handbook: Practical Activities to Help You Challenge Privilege, Confront Systemic Racism, and Engage in Collective Healing" by Anneliese A. Singh, Ph.D., LPC

  • The Invisible Whiteness of Being: Whiteness, White Supremacy, White Privilege, and Racism by M. G. Constantine & D. W. Sue: In our society, Whiteness is a default standard; the background of the figure-ground analogy from which all other groups of color are compared, contrasted, and made visible. From this color standard, racial/ethnic minorities are evaluated, judged, and often found to be lacking, inferior, deviant, or abnormal. Because Whiteness is considered to be normative and ideal, it automatically confers dominance on fair skinned people in our society.

  • Children Are Not Colorblind: How Young Children Learn Race by Erin N Winkler, Ph.D.: There is a myth in popular culture that young children are “colorblind” or don’t notice race. However, research clearly shows that children not only recognize race from a very young age, but also develop racial biases by ages three to five.

LinkedIn Learning

  • Inclusive Mindset for Committed Allies (23m) What does it mean to become a true ally? This question is more relevant now than ever. In this course, Dereca Blackmon helps you understand the diversity and inclusion concepts underlying an inclusive mindset and conduct a self-inventory to identify the motivations driving your allyship actions.
  • How to Speak Up Against Racism at Work (50m) Regardless of role or level, employees often want to speak up against offensive/racist comments or questionable practices, but they don't know how to do it. In this course, Dana Brownlee, an expert in communication effectiveness and facilitation, shares specific techniques and practices that anyone can use to address these uncomfortable situations with clarity, focus, and impact.

  • Supporting Allyship and Anti-Racism at Work (48m) While racism and discrimination are systemic problems that persist, each of us can play a role in helping to eliminate them in our professional environments. In this course, Dana Brownlee, an expert on organizational effectiveness, teaches you the three primary ways racism shows up in the workplace and provides practical strategies that employees at all levels can apply to build a better culture that supports historically underrepresented groups.

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