EquityEd is a regularly occurring op-ed by the Center for Equity, Gender, and Leadership’s founder and executive director, Kellie McElhaney. To receive EquityEd in your inbox sign-up here.

If I Had a Nickel for Every Time I Read About John

January 26, 2021

Case studies are a key tool in management programs, yet students who aren’t male and/or white rarely read or learn from leaders with their shared identities. In this issue of EquityEd, Genevieve Smith highlights the lack of diverse leaders within case studies and the importance of creating this representation to continue driving DEI initiatives forward.

New Year, Same Tragedy

January 13, 2021

The inequities we have witnessed in 2020 and through the shameful events of January 6th are a stark reminder to stop sitting in the shadows of shame. There can be no more silence or inaction. In this edition of EquityEd, Kellie calls on readers to stand up to inequity at every opportunity and to lead in an Equity Fluent way.

I Can Meet From 11:38-11:57am

October 23, 2020

It’s time to face the facts – Black, Latina, and working women are suffering. The pandemic has penalized women and forced them to combine their work and home life, take on the role of educators at home, and leave their jobs. In this issue of EquityEd, Kellie shares real stories of this disturbing reality and how leaders at all levels can act to reach a solution.

The Business Case for Hiring White People

September 17, 2020

In this edition of EquityEd, Kellie calls out the outdated practice of “pitching” and “presenting” reasons to invest in women and diversity. We know that these equity efforts have value and it’s time to stop having to explain why. Kellie, instead, urges audiences to focus on asking “how we can invest in these efforts faster?” and to fast forward from the “prove it to me” narrative to progress once and for all.

Here's to the Harriet Tubmans of Corporate America

July 15, 2020

In this newsletter, Kellie shares her insights from her discussion with speaker, consultant, and founder of MORE THAN: A Movement, Tara Jaye Frank from last week’s webinar titled Sharing the Load: How Leaders Must Lead in the Age of Reconciliation. Tara addresses the secondary roles Black employees are expected to take on as mitigators in the workplace and how leaders must acknowledge this to make it right. Kelly and Tara both encourage people to express their curiosities and to be open to having these difficult conversations about race and equity without fear.

A New Spin on VUCA: Vulnerable, Uncomfortable, Complicated, and Accountable

July 1, 2020

Kellie focuses on embracing the uncomfortable in this newsletter and urges leaders to grapple with Vulnerable, Uncomfortable, Complicated, and Accountable (VUCA) concepts. She sheds light on gender and COVID related news and highlights how the celebrated “hyper-productivity” norm is potentially harming employees.

COVID-19 is Disproportionately Impacting Communities of Color

June 24, 2020

Kellie McElhaney provides readers with new resources and suggestions on how to continue to be an anti-racist ally. In addition to this, she focuses on the emerging data that demonstrates how COVID-19 is disproportionately affecting communities of color and women.

How Companies, Communities, & Individuals Can Support Black Lives & Anti-Racism

June 17, 2020

Kellie discusses the current progress the country is making with a new landmark cases that support the LBTQ+ community as well as how Berkeley and companies are doing more to address systemic racism and anti-blackness in their organizations.

COVID-19 is Yet Another Knee On the Neck of Black Americans

June 11, 2020

Kellie sheds a light on the issues that Black Americans face today amidst the death of George Floyd, injustices in the country, and COVID-19.

Amplifying Black Voices and the Need for Anti-Racism

June 3, 2020

In this feature of EquityEd, anti-racism and anti-blackness are discussed by brilliant black voices that urge others to take action when they witness injustices.

Silence is a Choice

May 29, 2020

George Floyd was murdered at the hands of the police and as a collective, we must use our platform and privilege to be active allies and educate ourselves to be anti-racist. Kellie shares resources and steps to address complicity and how readers can use their voices to make a change.

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