Author: vaurora

#17: How do I stop being “nice” and start standing up to racism at work?

#17: How do I stop being “nice” and start standing up to racism at work?

Dear Ally (Skills Teacher), I am a socially awkward, queer fat white woman working at a government agency in Canada. I would like some advice about what to do as a bystander when my white colleagues of any gender are engaging in subtle (or not so subtle) racist behaviour against my women of color colleagues. … Continue reading #17: How do I stop being “nice” and start standing up to racism at work?

#16: How do I correct sexist language without scaring my report?

#16: How do I correct sexist language without scaring my report?

Dear Ally (Skills Teacher), I'm a white man in a leadership position at a tech company. My team is unusually diverse and we talk about diversity fairly often. A few months back one of the men on my team used the phrase 'girls' when describing young women (in their early twenties) who work as professional … Continue reading #16: How do I correct sexist language without scaring my report?

#15: What term should I use when talking about people who have disabilities?

#15: What term should I use when talking about people who have disabilities?

This week's question is an amalgam of several different questions: Dear Ally (Skills Teacher), Can you tell me once and for all what the proper term is to use when talking about people who have disabilities? I see "people with disabilities," "disabled people," and "differently abled" most often. Whatever I pick, half the time someone … Continue reading #15: What term should I use when talking about people who have disabilities?

#14: How do I talk to people who are against allyship as a concept?

Dear Ally (Skills Teacher), I am a cis-gender, heterosexual, white, male, working in academia (pursuing a PhD in Computer Science at a US University) so I am very aware of my privilege. I'm a huge advocate for ally work as I myself struggled immensely in the early phase of my doctoral studies and through that … Continue reading #14: How do I talk to people who are against allyship as a concept?

#12: When should I hold the door for someone using a wheelchair?

#12: When should I hold the door for someone using a wheelchair?

Dear Ally (Skills Teacher), I'm a woman with no disabilities living in a mid-sized city. Today while I was leaving the library, a woman using a wheelchair was entering. Someone else had pressed the automatic door opener several seconds ago, but the door was starting to close as she was going through. I held the … Continue reading #12: When should I hold the door for someone using a wheelchair?