I’ve always intended this blog (which is derived from my monthly newsletter) to support nonprofits in their growth, operations, governance and strategic planning. This month is the same, but with a twist.
It’s interesting to me that the first time the suggestion of having my pronouns stated with my various profiles (email, Zoom, LinkedIn) felt unnecessary, and yet now it seems only respectful to do so. I am not sure what shifted in me, but I like it. And I hope to grow more in my recognition and understanding of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI), and do my part as a privileged white man.
But, as a privileged white man, who is learning about his own privilege, I am not the best person to speak. Instead, I want to share some valuable information about three areas of privilege that comes from people that know more than I. Those three areas being the use of pronouns; equity, diversity, and inclusion; and a guide to bystander harassment.
2. I’ve had the good fortune of meeting someone that sure knows a lot more about EDI than I, both from her own lived experience and her educational background, as well as the work that she is passionate about.
3. And from my friend, Sheila Gauthier of Victoria, here is a link to some incredibly practical tips about being a bystander witnessing harassment:
“If you’ve ever been in a situation where someone you don’t know is being harassed, and you as a bystander are unsure what to do, here’s a guide for that uncomfortable time. One of the common reasons people don’t take action is because nobody else is doing anything.
The 5 D’s: Distract, Delegate, Delay, Direct, Document.
If you’re a person with privilege the chances are you have the power to help the person who is being harassed who likely does not have that same power.
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