Do you have an ally skills question?

There’s no column this week due to the (U.S.) holiday. Instead, here is a cute fennec fox with giant ears to remind you that an important ally skill is listening to marginalized people. To tide you over till next week, here is another useful ally skills resource: the Better Allies weekly newsletter, which gives youContinue reading “Do you have an ally skills question?”

#7: Should I ask job applicants for their pronouns?

Dear Ally (Skills Teacher), I’m a white cisgender woman and am chairing a search committee for an academic position. Would it be appropriate for me to ask finalists their pronouns (and let them know mine) when arranging their on-campus interview? I want to use their correct pronouns, but I don’t want them to feel likeContinue reading “#7: Should I ask job applicants for their pronouns?”

#6: What do I do about oppressive speech from clients?

Dear Ally (Skills Teacher), I am a white man who is a low-rung-on-the-ladder employee at a small technology company that is a vendor for several moderately sized banking companies. When on conference calls our clients, I often hear their clients making oppressive comments. My boss (and owner of the company) is a woman of colorContinue reading “#6: What do I do about oppressive speech from clients?”

#5: How do I learn what racism looks like in an unfamiliar culture?

Dear Ally (Skills Teacher), I am a white foreigner living in the U.S., so aside from my accent my privilege is most alike the rest of the white, middle-class, college educated community. However, I have an ignorance about racism here that I am not sure how to rectify. I have a much better understanding ofContinue reading “#5: How do I learn what racism looks like in an unfamiliar culture?”