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Virtual Learning Command Station

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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Awareness to Action Alliance

Awareness to Action Alliance

Make 2021 a year of increased awareness and empowered action. Join the Awareness to Action Alliance and focus your energy and effort on monthly learning and action goals for diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice.

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SMARTIE goals

What are SMARTIE goals?

Change doesn’t happen overnight and it doesn’t happen without planning and effort. Goals are critical to success! To improve diversity, equity, and inclusion, we must be intentional in our efforts. Use this worksheet to craft SMARTIE goals!

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2020 Year in Review

2020: Year in Review

2020. Four syllables and no context, and there is an almost implicit understanding and collective sigh about the associated challenges of the year. In this year-in-review post, I reflect on 2020, recap the numbers, capture the highlights I’m celebrating, and countdown the top read posts.

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Can we please cancel “cancel culture?”

Call-out and cancel culture is the dark side of the social justice movement. It is toxic, unproductive, and an inefficient form of activism, twisting learning opportunities into performative battles. Even in the face of the incomprehensible, we can call people IN. In this post, I offer encouragement to operate from a place of kindness and inclusivity, and tips on how to do so.

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Recommended Articles + Tips for Action

Three thoughtful and interesting articles related to diversity, equity, and inclusion have come across my feeds this week, and I wanted to share them with you with some tips on how to process them and make them learning tools for you and your colleagues.

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Election choice concept and undecided voting option badge or unaffiliated and independent voter as a United States democratic icon between the right and the left vote as a 3D illustration.

Is diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice a left-wing agenda?

Is diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice a left-wing agenda or liberal propaganda? Whether you find yourself considering this to be true, or interacting with people who do, I’ve got some strategies to help you. Option 1 is to be STILL, and the second is to think of RBG. Read on to see what I mean!

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Say their name (and say it correctly)

Have you ever found out that you had consistently mispronounced someone’s name and were shocked and embarrassed when you finally found out? This happened to me recently with a friend, and it reminded me of an exchange with my mother when I was about 18. Saying someone’s name and saying it correctly is important to building inclusive environments. In this post, I’ll share a story and leave you with some strategies.

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Call Bias Busters Podcast and Column

Call Bias Busters Podcast

I am currently working on my first season of the Call Bias Busters podcast, coming in 2021, and I need your help! There are three ways to get involved.

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Circle of Control, Influence, Concern, and Will

Where does your will intersect with your influence?

When it comes to improving access, equity, diversity, inclusion, and justice, it can feel like an overwhelming task because it is a complicated and profoundly faceted challenge. In this exercise, consider, where does your will intersect your influence?

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How Learning Happens

How Learning Happens

We are developing a course on our Elevate Inclusion network entitled “How Learning Happens.” Check out a preview of the course in the gallery below, and join our mailing list and network so you’ll know once the course is live! 

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