LGBT / Queer Women of Color in Art, Culture, and Politics

Recognizing LGBTQIA+ Women of Color Over the Years

This blog post, published in June of 2020, shines a spotlight on some LGBTQIA+ women of color that have stood at the forefront of gay activism over the years. Some of them enjoyed notoriety and are celebrated to this day; others have stood in the background, silently enacting change behind the scenes with little praise…

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Black History Month Now and All-Year

Black History Month hits a little differently in 2021. Since the tragic death of George Floyd, following many other extrajudicial killings of black people, many people and brands have a newly invigorated urgency about celebrating Black history, achievement, and supporting social justice. Black History is American history. Unfortunately, the American education system does not teach…

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The Pledge to Create Equity in Tech

Systemic economic oppression and the continuous wealth gap make it harder for people of color and underrepresented founders to launch their startups. For years, they have lacked equitable  resources they need to grow a business and embrace entrepreneurship. Meanwhile, venture capitalists (VC) within the tech industry lack diverse representation among investors and have also demonstrated…

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Designing for Inclusion

We sat down with Nancy Douyon, design ethicist and product philosopher. Nancy has been a UI/UX designer (User Interface, User Experience) at Google, Uber, IBM, and Intel. She is an Emtrain Expert on Unconscious Bias. Nancy was interviewed in June 2020 by Laraine McKinnon, Emtrain’s Talent & Culture Strategist. This is a 4-part interview. Laraine: Nancy, you…

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Corporate Responses to Racial Injustice

I sent this message to members of Diversity Advocates and Our Collective to encourage organizations to reflect on inequities in the workplace as they issue statements about the racial injustices that are fueling demonstrations. Friends, A number of Our Collective and Diversity Advocates members have shared concern and compassion about injustices against the Black community…

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Supporting At-Risk Employees During COVID-19

While you may hear people point out that the COVID virus does not discriminate, one of the most important conversations to have during a global health crisis is understanding and responding to the disproportionate effect that it has on underrepresented and historically marginalized groups of people. These conversations are not always comfortable, but they are…

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What Does Respect Mean in Today’s Diverse Workforce?

In 2020, most of us will be working alongside people from different generations and different cultural backgrounds, and when it comes to creating a respectful culture, the real emerging challenge is reaching a shared understanding of what “respect” means to all of us. Our perspectives flow from our life experiences and when our life experiences…

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Promoting Diversity and Inclusion

More and more companies are coming to realize that the real value of an organization lies in engaging and mobilizing a diverse & intersectional pool of talent. Not merely to fill a metric, but to have the necessary capabilities to drive their business forward. Taking steps to genuinely drive diversity and inclusion and then use…

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Utopian Workplace: The inevitability of change

I once had the pleasure of working in what you might call a utopian workplace. We were a mission-driven organization, disrupting a traditional marketplace with more efficient products.  We had a vision for the future that could improve the lives of millions of people. We were evangelical about our new approach. After many years of…