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This month, we’re taking a look at diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) through a social-impact lens. Read on for DEI-focused resources and stories for the workplace and the graduate-school classroom.
I consider myself a lifelong student with a love for learning and connecting with like-hearted peers. Plus, I can’t say no to an excuse for a late-night study snack. From horticulture, to how to be an inclusive and equitable manager, I approach knowledge acquisition with curiosity and humility; I have so much to learn, and even more to unlearn! We all do.
Growing our understanding of others––and ourselves––is challenging and rewarding work, and thankfully more accessible now than ever.
This month we’re bringing you three resources, each of which speaks to a different aspect of DEI. I hope you’ll find some actionable suggestions and see some of your own story reflected in the lived experiences recounted in each piece.
- If one thing has become clear over the last year and a half, we social-impact professionals must keep learning and listening. And lately, massive open online courses, or MOOCs (which incidentally, is really fun to say!) have become a popular and accessible choice for those of us looking to up our DEI know-how. Learn more about MOOCs and how to access the best ones out there.
- In exploring all the ways that the hard work of DEI impacts our sector, sometimes we overlook the most obvious opportunities for inclusion; like getting a name right. At the most basic level, names matter. Of course mistakes and mispronunciation will happen, and that’s OK. As the author of this piece puts it, “Growth happens most readily when mistakes are made, and when people are ready and able to hold themselves accountable.” Here’s a poignant resource and insightful first-hand account to help you better understand how consistent effort at correct name pronunciation can have a long-lasting and positive impact on a colleague's sense of belonging and professional confidence.
- If you’re considering graduate school, you may have wondered (at least once) whether you’re really “grad school material.” It happens to the best of us! But for those prospective students who are also navigating the application process as first-generation graduate students, “imposter syndrome” can feel tenfold. Here are some suggestions for confidently managing the application and enrollment process as a first-gen grad student.
If you have questions or feedback about any of the resources shared in this edition, I’m here for all of it. And if you have your own story to share, we encourage that too! Respond directly to this newsletter or send me a message at email@example.com.
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