Reflecting on Mobilize Women: Equal for All: Being Allies, Advocates, and Accomplices
Complete this bias audit that will challenge your views on race and equity.
What you Need: a pen, some paper, someone who will keep you accountable
Understand: like most people, you might have some biases - that's normal and okay, as long as you are actively working to change it. This exercise is created for that purpose
Reflect on your own upbringing and childhood to better understand your own biases and the ways you may have internalized the prejudicial messages you received.
- What kind of a neighborhood did I grow up in? Was it homogeneous?
- Did I have have teachers of color in elementary or middle school?
- Who were my main sources of information growing up? What are their views on racial justice?
- What are some messages I received about race growing up that stuck with me? Are they discriminatory towards a particular group?
Reflect on your education and information sources:
- Do I continuously educate myself about the culture and experiences of other racial groups?
- Do I receive my daily news from a diverse set of voices?
- Do I consume content(art, music, writing, etc.) from creators of color?
- Am I aware of the roles of influential civil rights activists(such as Barbara Jordan, Ruby Bridges, Angela Davis)?
- Am I open to other people’s feedback about ways in which my behavior may be culturally insensitive or offensive to others?
- Do my social media feeds include voices of color?
Reflect on the language you use:
- Have I ever used terms or phrases that may be degrading or hurtful to other groups?
- Do I give credit to stereotypes or generalize other people based on their group identity?
- Do I use statements such as“I never think of you as______________,” which discredits differences?
- Am I comfortable discussing issues of racism and other forms of prejudice with others?
- How might my unconscious bias be affecting my language and actions?
Reflect on your workplace:
- Do I give equitable attention to people of color and what they have to say?
- What percentage of my team, company, and company’s leadership are made up of people of color?
- Is the value of diversity is reflected in my work even when these groups are not personally represented in my community?
- Am I comfortable giving constructive feedback to someone of a different race?
- When I’m not in meetings, do I interact with a diverse group of colleagues?
- Am I comfortable talking about justice issues at work? Why or why not?
- What are my organization’s diversity goals?
Reflect on your actions at work:
- Do I intentionally work to develop inclusive practices so that I don’t inadvertently exclude certain groups?
- Do I take time to notice my environment to ensure that visual media represent diverse groups?
- Do I advocate for the addition of such materials if they are lacking?
- When other people use biased language and behavior, do I feel comfortable speaking up, asking them to refrain and stating my reasons?
- Do I contribute to my organization’s achievement of its diversity goals through equitable and inclusive programming and by advocating for diverse hiring practices?
- Do I sponsor or mentor women of color and become personally invested in their success?
Identify Next Steps:
- If you have not found any room for improvement, conduct the audit again with a more impartial lens towards yourself
- Pick 5 areas in which you need to improve yourself the most
- Create specific, attainable goals to address the areas in which you would like to improve
- Share your goals with someone in your network to keep yourself accountable
- Challenge those around you to audit their privilege and take action with you
Remember, you can repeat this exercise with your family, team, or friends. If you would like to continue auditing your bias, adjust this exercise to question your views on topics such as gender, sexuality, age, immigration status, and more. If you’ve enjoyed the Equal for All: Being Allies, Advocates, and Accomplices session and this exercise, don’t forget join us at the next session of Mobilize Women Week.
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