Implementing a robust, ongoing self-identification program in your organization can be a significant milestone in your journey to developing a diverse, inclusive, and equitable workforce. In this blog post, we’ll review key steps, discussed during a recent Pride In Our Workplace roundtable of HR and DEI leaders, to ensure your self-identification campaign is a success.
We are closing out Black History Month 2022 with episode three of PIOW’s Courageous Conversations series featuring the Transgender Emergency Fund’s Chastity Bowick and Leadership Brainery’s Jonathan Allen. In this conversation, Chastity shares her own story navigating identity, community tensions, and recognizing one’s own worth in a society that often tries to silence and stagnate LGBTQ+ and Black individuals.
We were thrilled to sit down with Keith during Black History Month to discuss how he grounds his DEI leadership strategy within a nuanced understanding of difference and his own identity as an LGBTQ+ ally and Black man. Jonathan and Kieth model the type of courageous conversations we all need to begin having with one another, through which we can better recognize our communities’ intersections to drive personal growth and societal change. Join us in watching this dynamic discussion.
In May and June, we were joined by two panels of gender-diverse professionals and industry leaders to explore best practices in workplace inclusion. We learned that allyship is an ongoing practice of educating oneself, listening to understand the needs of others, and taking action to advocate for those in the community you’re trying to support. However we identify individually, allyship is something that we all must work towards together.
Drawing from the lived experience of trans professionals and industry leaders, PIOW’s Trans Workplace Inclusion Series explored the complexities of coming out and transitioning in professional spaces, strategies for seeking and signaling allyship, and the need to back inclusion policies with consistent trans-affirming practices.
The end of June marks the end of LGBTQ+ Pride month, but it shouldn’t mark the end of LGBTQ+ allyship. As this month comes to a close, PIOW encourages everyone to commit or recommit to supporting all members of the LGBTQ+ community year-round. Not sure where to start? Our team created an LGBTQ+ allyship checklist to meet you wherever you are in your allyship journey.
Progress towards a more equitable future can begin when we center Black LGBTQ+ individuals, experiences, and histories in our collective advocacy. By deepening our understanding of the systemic oppression faced by Black and marginalized communities, we become better equipped to push for larger workplace and societal change.