June 11, 2020

A Message from Diversity Co-Chairs

Dear Diversity Committee Members,

We know that race and its intersection with your professional and personal life is on many of your minds lately. If you are looking for ways to educate yourself on this important issue and some of what you may be seeing in your colleagues, employees, and clients, below are a few ideas and resources (of many available) that one or more of us found helpful.

If you are looking for ways to educate yourself beyond professional considerations, we have also developed a list of resources that one or more of us has found helpful or insightful and have attached it here; if you have ideas for other resources that you think could or should be added to the list, please send them to Agu Onuma..

Additionally, at the request and support of Chair Linda Maramba, we will be sending out a message to the entire Section shortly. The message will be regarding what we can be doing for diversity and inclusion within the Section. Please be on the lookout for that message and consider providing your thoughts to us.

In the meantime, stay safe.

Sincerely,
Your Diversity Committee Chairs

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Talking with Your Colleagues: This article from Forbes describes the exhaustion, stress, and fear that your black colleagues, employees, and clients may be feeling right now and provides some thought on how to talk with your colleagues about what is happening in America.

Taking a Personal Introspection: This article from Michelle Silverthorn, a diversity consultant that regularly leads sessions at Am Law 200 law firms and Fortune 500 companies, includes an exercise similar to what she does in her in-person sessions.

Making a Commitment to Consider Race in the Workplace Part of Your Daily Life: This newsletter from Fortune provides daily snippets about culture and diversity in corporate America.