Equity – what we are striving for with in our units, our department, our larger institutions and our world. We can’t get there without each other.
Alliance – the action of being an ally. We are committed to being allies, to being anti-racist, to getting proximate and to holding one another accountable, while being open and respectful.
- Develop a shared language with clear definitions
- Get uncomfortable to engage in authentic exploration
- Be accountable to ourselves and our teammates to build an equitable environment
- Identify equity gaps within our units and with the people we serve
- Take actions to address policies, change them and eliminate the gaps
- Evaluate progress, then keep going
- DO: IDENTITY MAP EXERCISE – Split a piece of paper down the middle – list all of your own disadvantaged identities on one side, then on the other side, list all of your privileged identities. Reflect on this exercise with this worksheet: Social Identities via UW Thrive Series
- START all your meetings an acknowledgment about what indigenous lands you are currently on and how that came to be
- PUT your pronouns on your email signature
- ASK everyone for their pronouns when you meet them
- Why pronouns matter? Content by UW Gender and Sexuality Campus Center
- FOLLOW/LIKE/SUBSCRIBE to at least 1-3 new BIPOC/URM social media accounts per week (Reading a new author/signing up for newsletters counts)
- Seeing/hearing from voices other than white, privileged authors/influencers/organizations is important
- LISTEN to NPR Life Kit Podcast: ‘Not Racist’ Is Not Enough: Putting In The Work To Be Anti-Racist
- READ this guide: Ten Lessons for Talking About Race, Racism and Racial Justice via The Opportunity Agenda
- THINK/JOURNAL of a recent time you witnessed othering, journal this.
- List all of the ways that you could intervene
- Put a star next to the ones you’d be most comfortable doing and note why
- WATCH this TedTalk by W. Kay Wilson: “The Dangers of Othering in the Quest to Belong”
- WATCH this Kimberlé Crenshaw clip on “Intersectionality”
- READ the whole book, but you can start with this Excerpt: How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
- DO SOMETHING – Do not be silent when you witness or experience any microaggression or inappropriate situation. Silence is complicity.
- Ask questions to frame/diffuse the transgression:
- I heard you say…. was that your intention with that comment?
- I’d love to know your source for that information?
- That impacted me this way…
- Then use the Value/Problem/Solution/Action framework to step in/continue the conversation
- Keep going, this takes practice and is uncomfortable
- Ask questions to frame/diffuse the transgression:
- WAIT – Why Am I Talking?
- Are you in a meeting and not hearing from people of color? Or folx who might hold less power in the organization? Try to take a beat and think – WAIT.
- Then stop talking. Enlist another voice by saying something like, “So-and-so, what would you add to that?” or “Did I miss anything, So-and-so?” or “I think So-and-so had a great idea the other day, want to elaborate?”
- PLAY music from diverse artists at your next meeting. This Spotify playlist from the Leading for Equity leadership series is a good place to start. You can also watch the videos for each song we play during our meetings by checking the email recaps.
Shared Language Explorations
Please print and review this glossary, keep it handy. Add to it. Bring your voice to our meetings to share. Below are the terms we have discussed in detail to date.
- Othering – treating people from another group as essentially different from and generally inferior to the group you belong to
- Belonging – the opposite of “othering;” close or intimate relationship; chuminess; familiarity
- BIPOC – Black, Indigenous, People of Color
- Code-Switching – the switching from the linguistic system of one language or dialect to that of another
- URM – Underrepresented Minorities
- Intersectionality – the complex, cumulative way in which the effects of multiple forms of discrimination (such as racism, sexism, and classism) combine, overlap, or intersect especially in the experiences of marginalized individuals or groups
- Privilege – a right or immunity granted as a peculiar benefit, advantage, or favor
- Identity – the distinguishing character or personality of an individual; the relation established by psychological identification
- Intent – the state of mind with which an act is done, often assumed and not easily proven
- Impact – the force of impression of one thing on another : a significant or major effect
*Glossary document last updated October 2019 via Racial Equity Tools.
Here is a running list of content to explore:
- JOIN // UW Health Employee Resource Groups and/or UW-Madison Affinity Groups
- READ // The Costs of Code-Switching – Courtney L. McLuney, Kathrina Robotham, Serenity Lee, Richard Smith, Myles Durkee, Harvard Business Review
- READ // “Code-Switching and Why Physician Race Matters” – Saaquib Bakhsh, MD, ophthalmologist, op-ed via Doximity
- EXPLORE // Head Start Learning Guide for Bilingualism – Code-switching in bilingual children, a guide
- WATCH // Wisconsin First Nations – Aaron Bird Bear, Wisconsin Public Television
- WATCH // Wisconsin Tribal Histories – Wisconsin Public Television Series on YouTube
- WATCH // Racism Has a Cost for Everyone – Heather McGhee, TedTalk
- WATCH // How White People Can Help – Fred Walls, YouTube
- LISTEN // Brené Brown interview with Ibram X. Kendi
- WATCH // Netflix: 13TH
- WATCH // UW Diversity Forum sessions from fall 2020
- READ // How to talk to your family, friends about racism and white privilege by Sara M. Moniuszko, USA TODAY
- LISTEN // Life Kit: How to Have Better Conversations About Racism with Your Parents via NPR
- READ // The Psychology of Othering – published in Psychology Today
- WATCH // Framework of Otherness – TedTalk by Jonell Logan
- READ // The Problem of Othering: Towards Inclusiveness and Belonging by john a. powell and Stephen Menendian of the Othering & Belonging Institute at UC Berkeley
- WATCH // TedTalk by Kimberlé Crenshaw: “The Urgency of Intersectionality”
- WATCH // “On Intersectionality in Feminism and Pizza” explained by Akilah, Obviously
- WATCH // Intersectionality 101 via ADP
- WATCH // Kids Explain Intersectionality
- READ // AAMC Definition in Medicine
- READ // Yes, There’s a Difference Between ‘BIPOC’ and ‘POC’ — Here’s Why It Matters – Healthline.com
Alliance Leadership Team
Want to join the ongoing conversation?
- Be a member of the UW Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences in any capacity – a mix of staff, clinicians, researchers and learners is desired
- Desire to affect change within team/department/university/community
- Ability to commit their time, efforts and expertise to creating a more diverse, equitable and inclusive culture
- Be responsive, respectful and authentic
- Understand that conversations will be uncomfortable and that’s okay
- Leadership team committed to a 2-year term on the Alliance
- We ask that you actually do the outlined actions. Be a co-conspirator in anti-racism.
- Showing up anywhere from 1-minute to 12-hours/month could include the following:
- 2x/month Alliance meetings or learning circles
- 1x/month small group discussion
- 1x/month volunteer
- Discussion planning, educational and training opportunities
- Pledge – All Alliance members will be invited to sign a pledge to uphold a culture of respect, accountability and service