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10-Day Tune Up

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Building on the positive response and success of our previous 21-Day Racial Equity and Habit Building Challenge (the “21-Day Challenge”), the Section, through the Diversity Committee, is pleased to offer Section members the opportunity to participate in a follow up program, the 10-Day Tune Up.  Like the 21-Day Challenge, the aim of the 10-Day Tune Up is to work though a syllabus of 10 daily assignments to get us thinking about how we, as lawyers, can take action toward racial equity, particularly in the legal profession.  The 10-Day Tune Up is designed to fit into your daily professional life, with ten new, short but incisive daily assignments.

In our previous 21-Day Challenge, several dozen individuals formed weekly discussion groups, where—with trust, kindness, and mutual respect—they met to discuss the daily assignments and to think hard about how to effect positive change in the legal profession on the seemingly intractable issues of racial equity, diversity, and inclusion.  Participants were invited to debrief their experience at the conclusion of the challenge, and the most universally shared feedback was that the 21 Day Challenge had been meaningful and profound, and that the Section should provide a similar opportunity again in the future.

The goal, as before, is to create small discussion groups where members can discuss the 10-Day Tune Up assignments and share ideas and best practices for moving the needle on matters of race and racial equity in the legal profession.  Participation is entirely voluntary, and prior participation in the 21-Day Challenge is not required.

ABA Section of Public Contract Law Syllabus: 10-Day Tune Up

  1. Just Belonging: Finding the Courage to Interrupt Bias (Kori Carew  - Ted Talk)
  2. “Equitable Vocabulary: Five Phrases to Replace” (Kojo Institute)

    “Open the Kimono”: 11 Assumptions Behind a Misogynist and Racist Business Phrase (Catalyst)  
  3. Author Richard Rothstein delivers remarks as part of a Goldman Sachs program called “Talks at GS”
  4. Allyship and Curiosity Drive Inclusion for People of Color at Work (Catalyst)
  5. A Lesson on Critical Race Theory (ABA, 2021)
  6. Let’s stop talking about diversity and start working towards equity (Paloma Medina, TEDxPortland)
  7. The Crown Act & Transforming the Rules of Professionalism Around Black Hair (Thomson Reuters)

    With House Passage of the CROWN Act, Black Natural Hairstyles Move Closer to Federal Protection (The Lawyers’ Committee)

    Why the Crown Act is Needed: Discrimination Against Natural and Protective Hairstyles Has Real World Consequences (Boston University)
  8. White Men: Time to Discover Your Cultural Blind Spots (Michael Welp, TedX Talks)
  9. Closing the Racial Inequality Gaps: The Economic Cost of Black Inequality in the U.S. (Sept. 2020) - Closing Gaps Generates Growth (Citi GPS - Global, Perspective & Solutions)
  10. “Closing the Racial Inequality Gaps: The Economic Cost of Black Inequality in the U.S. (Sept. 2020) - What Can Companies Do? (Citi GPS - Global, Perspective & Solutions)

    Closing the Racial Inequality Gaps: The Economic Cost of Black Inequality in the U.S. (Sept. 2020) - What Can Individuals Do? (Citi GPS - Global, Perspective & Solutions)