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Diversity and Inclusion
Diversity & Inclusion is a monthly newsletter that enables the HBS community to stay engaged with current diversity, inclusion, and equity topics.  The newsletter includes timely content (e.g., articles, interviews, blog posts, videos, etc.) about diversity and inclusion in both academia and industry, curated by Baker librarians.
Resources on the Black Lives Matter Movement
The HBS Community continues to feel deep grief and anger from the recent murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. Many in the HBS Community have shared a sense of helplessness as we yet again bear witness to acts of white supremacist violence and police brutality toward Black Americans.  As a community of educators, students, scholars, and life-long learners, one of the most powerful acts we can engage in is to commit ourselves to deeper learner and authentic self-reflection.  In this spirit we are sharing a selection of resources to expand your learning on both the Black American experience and allyship. If you wish to connect further about diversity, inclusion, and belonging initiatives and resources, please reach out to Jennifer Eliason, at

Black Lives Matter & the Black Experience in America

The Anger Behind the Protests, Explained in 4 Charts
Vox, June 1, 2020
Black men are still disproportionately likely to be killed by police
A Decade of Watching Black People Die, May 31, 2020
The last few weeks have been filled with devastating news — stories about the police killing black people. At this point, these calamities feel familiar — so familiar, in fact, that their details have begun to echo each other.
Who Gets to Be Afraid in America
The Alantic, May 12, 2020
In this essay, Ibram X. Kendi, Director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University, describes how white Americans are blinded by their own fear. He writes, "Americans don’t see me, or Ahmaud Arbery, running down the road—they see their fear."
Here’s Why It Hurts When People Say, “All Lives Matter”
Vanity Fair, July 19, 2016
A national youth advocate and educator explains why mattering means so much to black Americans.
Racism’s Psychological Toll
The New York Times, June 24, 2015
In her interview with psychologist Monnica Williams, journalist Jenna Wortham, explores racial trauma and its consequences.

Black At Work
Maintaining Professionalism in The Age of Black Death....Is a Lot
Medium, May 28, 2020
In this article, journalist Shenequa Golding, offers insight into how black employees may be struggling at work as they cope with the horrific murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery.
Your Black Colleagues May Look Like They’re Okay — Chances Are They’re Not
Refinery29, May 28, 2020
In this essay, Danielle Cadet, VP, Content Strategy & Development and Managing Editor at Refinery29, describes a tale of two quarantines. Over the last few months, black people have not only watched their friends and family members die at higher rates from the coronavirus, they have also watched people who look like them be gunned down while going for a jog, be murdered in their homes, threatened while bird watching in Central Park, and mercilessly choked on camera.
The Cost of Deciding When to Be the Loud Black One at Work
Slate Magazine, December 18, 2018
There’s personal risk to being an agent of systemic change.

Allyship & Action
Becoming Trustworthy White Allies
Reflections, June 3, 2020
In this article, Melanie S. Morrison, founder and executive director of Allies for Change, shares some reflections about the deep and sustained work she believes white people can and must do if they want to be effective and trustworthy allies in the struggle for racial justice.
A Guide to How You Can Support Marginalized Communities
CNN, May 30, 2020
This list offers ways that we can be allies to our colleagues and friends in marginalized groups. Being an ally -- a person who is not a member of a particular marginalized group but seeks to help end the oppression of those in the marginalized group -- is a constant process. Allyship can mean different things to different people, and it can be tough to know where to start.
How White People Can Be Better Allies to the Black Community
Wit & Delight | Designing a Life Well-Lived, May 29, 2020
In this post, find a list of ways you can become better allies to Black people, by educating yourself and donating and making your voice heard (and more).
White Fragility: Why It's So Hard to Talk to White People About Racism
The Good Men Project, April 9, 2015
Dr. Robin DiAngelo explains why white people implode when talking about race.
Speak Up: Responding to Everyday Bigotry
Southern Poverty Law Center, January 26, 2015
The Southern Poverty Law Center gathered hundreds of stories of everyday bigotry from people across the United States. They told their stories through e-mail, personal interviews and at roundtable discussions in four cities. People spoke about encounters in stores and restaurants, on streets and in schools. No matter the location or relationship, the stories echo each other.
Diversity & Inclusion in the Classroom
Design for Post-Millennials: How Gen Z Is Shaping Higher Ed Spaces
Spaces4Learning, May 25, 2020
They are the first generation to be immersed in technology since birth, experiencing it as an extension of daily life. As future Gen Zers progress through our learning institutions, their characteristics, wants and needs will further shape K-12 education environments, university campuses and future workplaces.
Fighting the Shadow Pandemic
Inside Higher Ed, May 14, 2020
The worldwide spread of COVID-19 has caused mass xenophobia, racism and discrimination, writes B. Venkat Mani, making the need for inclusive teaching all the more urgent.
What's Next: Changes in Disability Services Could Add More Flexibility
Education Dive, May 6, 2020
Accommodations to help students adapt to online instruction during the pandemic may lead to more options for learning remotely in the future.
Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace
Why Women Are the Future of B2B Sales
Harvard Business Review, May 28, 2020
Although women make up just over half of the college-educated workforce, they hold less than one third of B2B sales jobs. Yet research shows that women salespeople often outperform men.  The selling environment is shifting toward their strengths.
Pixar Short Film ‘Out’ Features Studio’s First Gay Main Character
The New York Times, May 24, 2020
The animated film follows a gay man’s journey into acceptance as he prepares to move into a city with his boyfriend.
Current and Former Employees Say Google Cut Diversity Programs to Not Appear Anti-Conservative
The Root, May 14, 2020
Several current and former employees of Google are calling the tech company out for scaling back and cutting diversity and inclusion programs in order to avoid the appearance of being anti-conservative.
About This Newsletter
In an effort to continually improve this resource, we welcome reader feedback! Please share your ideas regarding content, format, etc. with Jennifer Eliason, Associate Director of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging, and Mallory Stark, Librarian at Baker Library, at Harvard Business School
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