Coffee & Conversations Outcomes

Last week, the Step Up community gathered to practice having tough conversations about diversity in the workplace. There are many barriers to interrupting stereotypes, including being able to identify when assumptions are being made and feeling confident enough to say something to someone with whom you have a professional (or personal) relationship. Sometimes we think we don’t “know enough” to say something.

But silence can be even more hurtful for everyone in the long run. Here are a few tips our participants came up with last week:

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Meet the Panelists from Session 2: Company Culture

In the Company Culture session, we explored what company culture is: how it’s formed, what it means, and how we can take steps to make it more inclusive. Three panelists joined us to share their experiences in this work – read on for some gems of advice from each:

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Step Up Partners with YWCA Madison to Stand Against Racism

Yesterday, dozens of people gathered for a free brown bag lunch discussion, hosted in partnership by the YWCA Madison and Step Up: Equity Matters in honor of the nationwide Stand Against Racism movement. This brown bag discussion focused on uncovering unconscious bias. We explored how the individual, interpersonal and institutional levels of racism work together to perpetuate disparities as well as what tools exist to assist us in working towards racial equity within our organizations, institutions, and spheres of influence in order to create a more equitable and inclusive environment for everyone.

If you weren’t able to make it, you can still watch this amazing TED Talk from Verna Myers and take the Project Implicit test to determine some of your own implicit biases.

If you’re interested in partnering with Step Up: Equity Matters on events like this, please contact us!

 

Step Up: Equity Matters Launches with Community Engagement Session

Over 80 community members came together for the official launch of the Step Up: Equity Matters series! The energy and optimism in the room was palpable. This is a community dedicated to improving equity in Madison’s workplaces!

The 2015 series of workshops will be shaped from the feedback received at this event. Thank you so much to everyone who participated, and to Hedi LaMarr Photography for the beautiful photos!

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