#10: Should white people use white skin tone emojis?

Dear Ally (Skills Teacher), I’m a cis white man in the U.S., and I have a leadership role at a tech company that uses Slack for communication and has many employees from marginalized groups. Slack has a default “skin tone” for emojis, which is a cartoon-y yellow by default but can be set to anotherContinue reading “#10: Should white people use white skin tone emojis?”

Three new ally skills resources

The ally skills teacher behind Dear Ally Skills Teacher is busy teaching all this week, so no column this week. Here are a few resources from the Ally Skills Workshop that you might find useful: Identifying your power and privilege: An exercise to help you figure out what societal advantages you have, so that youContinue reading “Three new ally skills resources”

#9: I want all-gender bathrooms at work but worry about retaliation against my coworker

Dear Ally (Skills Teacher), I work at a large university in Florida, where I’ve been the Administrative Assistant in our building for more than a decade. I’m white, female, cis, and queer. We currently have a “men’s” bathroom and a “women’s” bathroom. I’ve been wanting to make our building’s bathrooms all-gender for a while becauseContinue reading “#9: I want all-gender bathrooms at work but worry about retaliation against my coworker”

#8: How do I make people to want to act as allies?

Dear Ally (Skills Teacher), I’m a white man in a position of cultural and professional privilege at an engineering-focused tech company. Some of the other white men here have privately admitted to me that they no longer participate in conversations of race and gender. They’re scared of the shame they’ll face if they say somethingContinue reading “#8: How do I make people to want to act as allies?”