We designed the JEDI Journey cards to push people to engage deeper in the complexities of Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. We know these things take time and the solutions are not readily easy (if they were, would we still be talking about this?). JEDI Journey implies an ongoing process. To borrow from the Bard and nudge the saying a bit – “The journey is the thing!”
JEDI-Infused Facilitation: Bodies, Power, and Intentions
We can create structures and interactions where everyone is seen, celebrated, resourced, and safe when we practice justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI)-infused facilitation. In this article, Darrie Matthew Burrage and Mikayla Branz share insights they gleaned by taking the time to reflect with colleagues on the body politics, power dynamics, and intentionality behind facilitation.
Juneteenth: The Feeling of Freedom
This article intends to transport readers right into the June of 1865 Texas when the slaves of Galveston first learned of their freedom. As a way to honor the Juneteenth holiday with an exercise in empathy, readers are briefly guided in imagining the harsh circumstances that slaves endured, and then invited to consider the things from which they long to be free in their own lives.
The AAA Membership Plan: Revealing Who We Value Through Our Attitudes, Associations, and Actions
What had begun as an indictment of myself and others, has now become a model for self-examination from which we might all benefit in pursuit of having a more expansive impact in the well-being of others. I offer a comprehensive, yet simplistic, criteria for us to measure the depth of our connection with (and our care for) marginalized groups; a criteria that can be used to audit our own socio-intellectual values and the socio-intellectual intentions of others. I call this criteria the AAA Membership Plan — Attitude, Association, and Action. Read more to learn more.
What if Courage Came for Me? Propelling Conversations on Race
Courage can manifest in an array of actions and behaviors. And while there is no secret formula or magic tactic for conversations on race, we hope you find the following reflections helpful in defining (and refining) your personal approach to courageous conversations.
Reckoning with Herstory
Last month we celebrated all manner of Black Excellence in honor of Black History Month and reminded ourselves of the power of representation, remembering, recognition, and research. Those same things matter as we celebrate and reflect on Women’s History this month. You can find plenty of things to learn about, uplift, and celebrate in this month’s issue, but the last week served up another reminder that recalling the past also gives us an opportunity for reckoning with the realities of lived experience that get kept behind a veil when “history is written by the conquerors.”
Growing Together: Recovering Stories of Excellence
As we celebrate Black History Month this February, I want to share why this time is so important to me, as a human who lives in a cis-gender, white-skinned body, and as a leader, daughter, sister, and mother…
Partnership: Affinity Arts Consulting + Integrated Work
Integrated Work is excited to be partnering with Affinity Arts Consulting to design and deliver our upcoming cohort-based Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion program. Co-led by Trent Norman and Rebecca Brown Adelman, Affinity Arts uses the power of theatre to energize the development of community and organizational leadership.
Next on DEI: Responding to Implicit Bias and Microaggressions
Last month, our team offered another workshop on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion [DEI]. One key question we want to share is, “How do we respond to implicit bias and microaggressions when we experience, observe, or witness them, or when we are made aware of it in our personal and professional lives?” Here are a few reflections and tips about this topic from Nadia Ali, Senior Consultant and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Expert here at Integrated Work…