Greenville, SC Chapter of theSociety for Human Resource Management
Become a Better Ally to Your Black Colleagues
Saying you want to support your Black colleagues is one thing; actively doing so is another. So how can you follow through on your statements of solidarity? It’s important to be intentional. Start by asking your Black colleagues what they need. Actively listen and learn about the experience of Black employees at your company. You could participate in a company-sponsored town hall focused on race in the workplace, or attend your company’s Black employee resource group (ERG) meetings. If your company doesn’t have an ERG, consider joining an online community where personal experiences about race are openly discussed and facilitated by experts. Also take supportive actions: Recommend your Black colleagues for highly visible projects, introduce them to influential people at your company, and openly acknowledge their accomplishments to others. And most of all, share their more challenging experiences with those who have the capacity to create systemic change. By noticing, connecting, valuing, and responding to the needs of your Black colleagues, you can build stronger relationships and help to advance racial justice in your workplace.
This tip is adapted from “How to Be a Better Ally to Your Black Colleagues,” by Stephanie Creary
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