Author: Meagan Pollock

What is positionality? Free download on how to write a positionality statement

What is positionality?

The way we see and understand the world influences how we interact with others, make decisions, and interpret others’ actions. To be equitable and inclusive leaders, educators, or humans, we must understand how our identities bias our perceptions. In this post, we provide a free downloadable 26-page PDF with definitions and explanations of several social identities (race, gender, socioeconomic status, ability status, and sexuality) and a scaffolded exercise to help you examine your positionality.

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Update Your Prescription

This curriculum about systems of oppression and color-blind racism is available as an in-person or virtual workshop. The recommended session length for this curricula is a half-day.

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plan your work for today and every day then work your plan margaret thatcher quote image by engineer inclusion

Make a plan for equity and inclusion

Since it is the time of year when many of my clients evaluate goals, set new budgets, and generally plan, I want to provide tools and resources to help you initiate a process for centering equity and inclusion in your organization. To get started planning, two tools I like to use are the SOAR and SWOT analysis techniques.

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SWOT worksheet by Engineer Inclusion

What is a SWOT analysis?

SWOT analysis is a technique for assessing how internal and external factors help or harm your organization and is often used in strategic planning processes. In this post, you’ll learn about the four components of SWOT and be able to download a printable worksheet / digital form.

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SOAR worksheet by Engineer Inclusion

What is a SOAR analysis?

SOAR analysis is a strategic planning technique that helps organizations focus on their current strengths and opportunities and create a vision of future aspirations and results. In this post, you’ll learn about the four components of SOAR and be able to download a printable worksheet / digital form.

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Resources for Introducing Girls to Engineering

I’m thankful someone introduced me to engineering, and for all of the people along the way who encouraged me to persist. In honor of “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day,” will you introduce a girl to engineering this week? Check out a list of resources to help.

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Best Practices in Virtual Learning

This post shares some of my observations, best practices, and tools for virtual learning. You’ll find a recorded recap from a virtual workshop (~45m), handouts, resources, references, and more.

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Are you brave enough to listen like Wonder Woman?

When we listen, we are more likely to learn about others’ experiences and increase our understanding of the need for equity and justice. In this post, I channel Wonder Woman as an inspiration for using our power for good, listening to others’ needs, and being brave and courageous in taking bold steps toward change. You’ll learn the three levels of listening and a helpful acrostic for practicing excellent listening skills.

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Swish Swish Shark by Engineer Inclusion, photo by Meagan Pollock

Can people change? Swish swish

I’m in the business of change. Whether that is changing hearts and minds or complex institutional systems, change is at the core of everything I do and believe. However, just like every other human brain, my brain is not immune to bias and often cues beliefs opposite to the hope for change. In this post, I share a story from a client engagement that I recall as often as necessary to remind myself that people can change, no matter how challenging they might be. The post is summed up by five takeaways and strategies, with a fun, bonus pop culture reference that involves a shark. Swish swish! Read on to understand what that means.

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Sticky Feedback is Best

This curriculum about motivation, learning, and feedback is available as an in-person or virtual workshop. The recommended session length for this curricula is a half-day.

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