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Stewardship vs Gatekeeping

How to practice stewardship instead of gatekeeping

Stewardship cultivates an enriching atmosphere, the opposite of gatekeeping behaviors. Everyone can practice stewardship and facilitate belonging for those around them. In this post, I describe stewardship and gatekeeping, and provide a set of prompts to equip us with a mindset and choice framework.

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Engineer Inclusion Session Pledge

What are group norms or shared agreements? (And why are they important?)

Every group naturally develops normative behaviors, expectations, and unwritten ways of operating. To intentionally engineer inclusion, you can set or establish norms that scaffold equitable and inclusive practices. We’ve created a simple four-S alliteration to help you get started. Save the image, download the pdf, or use our pledge as a starting place to create your own.

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Which US states are restricting education on racism and bias?

To create equitable and inclusive environments, we must talk about ideological, interpersonal, institutional, and internalized biases. However, many states are restricting education on racism and bias, affecting public pre-college and higher education institutions. This is incredibly problematic and prevents progress towards equality. In this post, view a map of states who are restricting and expanding education by Chalkbeat. 

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Meagan Pollock TEDx Talk - How to become an inclusive leader

TEDx Talk: How to become an inclusive leader

On October 25, 2021, I accomplished a life goal– to give a TEDx talk. The event was hosted by Wolcott College Prep in Chicago, and I couldn’t be happier with the result! It is 11 minutes, and you won’t regret learning “how to become an inclusive leader.”

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golden rule vs platinum rule

What’s better than the Golden Rule? The Platinum Rule!

Most of us learned the Golden Rule in kindergarten, and our teachers suggested using it as a plumb line for all types of human interactions. But what are the limitations of the Golden Rule, and is it still a practical guideline? In this post, we evaluate the Golden Rule and offer the Platinum Rule as a new benchmark for human-centered and inclusive practices.

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What is a root cause and why do we need to find it?

What is a root cause, and why do we need to find it?

For issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion, we must find the root causes for our specific populations before diving in with well-intentioned interventions that may miss the mark and leave us no better than before we started. In this 3.5-minute illustrative video, we challenge you to act like a child and don’t stop asking why until you get to the bottom of things.

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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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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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