Our recommended reads on Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity
The Room40 team gets together every month for our Issues Club, an initiative we started to discuss intellectually interesting and/or complicated topics that can helps us continuously improve who we are as a team and as a business.
This month, we came back to “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” as an important and ongoing conversation we all need to have in order to create a world where we are living our principles.
Below are some of the articles and videos that came up.
If you have any recommendations for reading, we’d love to hear about them!
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - The Danger of a Single Story
"Power is the ability not just to tell the story of another person, but to make it the definitive story of that person..."Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
“I come back to this video because it reminds me how easy our brains fill in the gaps of what we see and hear with our own stories. Adichie makes such a great point that you can only beat the habit by consciously acknowledging it.” – Karena
Emily Teitsworth - Practical Ideas for Improving Equity and Inclusion at Nonprofits
Addressing a DEI leadership vacuum at the top of organizational hierarchies is the work of those in positions of power.Emily Teitsworth
“What I liked about this piece was the emphasis on how people in positions of power can help, even if that means sitting down and shutting up.” – Karla
Vernā Myers - Harvard Business School Has A Diversity Problem — Here’s How To Fix It
Diversity is being invited to the party; Inclusion is being asked to danceVerna Myers
“This article made me think about the individual responsibility we all have to DEI efforts. In order to see real changes, we must be willing to acknowledge the privileges and challenge the biases we bring to work.” – Liz
Lani Guinier - State of the Black Union 2009
"Merit is something that we find in groups of people, particularly diverse groups of problem solvers."Lani Guinier
“The most effective and powerful teams are more than the sum of their parts. Instead of assembling teams who share the same strengths, we should choose people who all have different abilities and points of view. If you build an organization of people who think and experience the world just like you, you can create a lot of organizational blind spots.” – Ben