Cyndi Shanahan, Chair for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
What is Critical Race Theory (CRT) and why is it being talked about so much? Check out these explanations of CRT and the current controversy:
Collaborating with women of color is a great way to get to know each other and possibly present programs together. National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) is an organization with sections (like our branches) all around Virginia. Click on this link to see if a section is in your community.
Supporting Black-owned businesses is a way to support the whole Black community. Here is a list with links to 150 such businesses.
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:
National Museum of African American History and Culture: Talking About Race.
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
Diversity Training Steps into the Future With Virtual Reality. (Technology companies are leveraging virtual reality software meant to address issues with diversity and inclusion.)
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!)