Celebrating Black History Month

How can we best celebrate Black History Month 2021? It’s been a year of momentous developments in our understanding of the experiences of Black people in America and promises to change the trajectory of Black history in our nation. And so, Black History Month 2021 is an opportune time for us to move from intention to action in our promises and efforts to become personally and institutionally antiracist. Below, organized by areas of focus, is a set of daily questions we can ask as we embark on this important work. For deeper engagement, we’ve selected some outstanding thought leadership.

Antiracist Action Calendar

Vector Solutions Black History Month Reflection Calendar

 

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Week 1: Acknowledgement

Resources:

  1. Podcast: Brown, B. (Host). (2020, June 3). Brené with Ibram X. Kendi on How to Be an Antiracist. In Unlocking Us with Brene Brown. Spotify Podcast.
  2. Book: Kendi, Ibram X. How to be an Antiracist. Random House Publishing Group, N.Y., 2019.

Week 2: Leadership & Accountability

Resources:

  1. Online Course: Diversity and Inclusion Courses by DiversityEdu | Safe Schools
  2. Book: Damon A. Williams, Katrina C. Wade-Golden, et al., The Chief Diversity Officer: Strategy, Structure, and Change Management. Stylus Publishing. VA. 2013.

Week 3: Action

Resources:

  1. Webinar: Developing Proactive Strategies to Improve School and Campus Climates
  2. Book: Myron R. Anderson and Kathryn S. Young, Fix Your Climate: A Practical Guide to Reducing Microaggressions, Microbullying, and Bullying in the Academic Workplace, Academic Impressions, CO., 2020.

Week 4: Reflection

Resources:

  1. Video: Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man.
  2. Book: Ty-Ron M.O. Douglas, Kmt Shockley, Ivory Toldson, Shaun Harper, Jerlando Jackson, Campus Uprisings: How Student Activists and Collegiate Leaders Resist Racism and Create Hope, Teacher College Press, N.Y., 2020.

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Around the world, Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests have erupted in response to the murder of George Floyd and others at the hands of police. But the movement these tragedies have inspired will not remain solely on the streets or within communities of color. The BLM movement is now moving indoors and into companies and institutions worldwide.

As companies prepare for the return of employees to the physical workplace and start considering potential changes to the way they operate, two critical questions will arise: How will the office change post-pandemic, and What should we be doing differently to respond to the invigorated movement against systemic racism?

Here is a list of steps companies can take to prepare for asking and answering these questions:

Speak

Listen

Educate

Act