Cyndi Shanahan, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Chair
The 2021 season of the National Book Festival Presents series with a spirited celebration of African American History Month. On Thursday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m. ET, we’re delighted to present “Giants of Racial Justice,” a conversation about two books that focus on two civil rights leaders who tested America in profoundly different ways. “The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X,” by Les Payne and Tamara Payne, is an epic biography based on thirty years of research and hundreds of interviews. Peniel E. Joseph’s “The Sword and the Shield” is a dual biography that describes the stark contrasts and surprising similarities between Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. This virtual program will premiere with closed captions on the Library’s Facebook page and its YouTube site, and will be available for viewing afterward at those sites and on the Library’s website.
One of the goals of the updated (2020) AAUW Strategic Plan is to “embody the goals and spirit of inclusion, diversity and intersectionality across all AAUW activities and participants.” The Diversity and Equity Committee was focused on this goal as the Toolkit was developed. Read Kim Churches’ s statement about this here.
The AAUW Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) resources aim to identify best practices for promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion within AAUW. These resources present guidelines for how AAUW branches, national members, student members and individual members can demonstrate an understanding of AAUW’s mission, values, goals and strategic plan. It is meant to start the inclusion conversation. We encourage all members to seek ways to incorporate inclusive practices into their branches and daily life.
AAUW of Virginia has begun removing items from our resource list below as we find them duplicated in the toolkit. Duplicate items are indicated by a strikethrough.
Feb. 10, 2021: Governor Northam Announces Second Report on Systemic Bias in Virginia Law
“Our Commonwealth remains focused on acknowledging and righting the wrongs of our past,” said Governor Northam. “This latest report makes clear that there is still work to do to shed the ugly remnants of Virginia’s history. The Commission is already having a significant impact on our shared legislative priorities and I look forward to continuing our partnership to build a more honest, equitable, and inclusive future for all.” FULL REPORT
Hispanics have borne the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic in Virginia. While they make up 10 percent of the population, Hispanics account for more than one-third of confirmed cases in which the race of persons tested were reported. See the visual breakdown.
What Virginia Localities are Doing
Race and Social Equity FAQs (Alexandria)
RESOURCES AND PRESENTATIONS:
Keynote (Idella Glenn)
Inclusion and AAUW Branches (Cyndi Shanahan)
Unconscious (Implicit) Bias (Denise Murden) Worksheet accompanying Slide 13
Workshop Activity: Silent Interviews (Barbara Craig)
Workshop Activity: Unearned Privilege Exercise/Privilege Walk (Idella Glenn & Marj Easterling
Workshop Activity: DIE+K New Yorker Facilitator Guide (Terry Stefffin) DIE +K Definitions Chart
Resources for Group Discussions Regarding the Book Waking Up White by Debby Irving Resource #1 Resource #2
Resource #3: 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge
Inclusion Discussion Ideas and Tips
Diversity, Inclusion, Equity Dictionary Anti Racism Resources
Website for resources on films, videos, books: Challenging Racism
White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack
Talking About Race (National Museum of African American History & Culture)
Foster Belonging on Your Campus (or in your branch!)
VIDEOS/DOCUMENTARIES (Click on each to learn more, or to view)
The PBS series, titled “Race: The Power of an Illusion”
Part 1 – “The Differences Between Us” – – race as a human construct
Part 2 – “The Story We Tell” – the history of race in America
Part 3 “The House We Live In” – race in politics , economics, and culture