How to Talk About Racism and Injustice at Work

Change starts with courageous conversations

Melody Wilding, LMSW
Jun 8 · 2 min read
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Over the last two weeks, many readers have reached out asking how to have conversations about injustice with your teams following George Floyd’s murder and protests across the country and world. You may be curious about what actions you can take towards allyship and anti-racism in your workplace.

Right now I believe it’s important to amplify underrepresented voices instead of my own. And I don’t take this responsibility lightly. Given my training as a social worker, I have an ethical duty to pursue social change, promote sensitivity, and provide access to needed information.

To that end, today I wanted to share a few resources you can use to have empowering conversations during the days, weeks, and months ahead.

And a few podcasts:

You can find an ongoing list of anti-racist resources inside my free, private community The Haven. I have committed to making The Haven a safe, anti-racist space so if need a place to find support right now, then please join us.

Team leaders and professionals have an obligation to examine and begin dismantling overt and covert racism present in our workplaces (and homes). As a Sensitive Striver and member of this community, I hope you will vow to face such conversations with courage and vulnerability. While they will be uncomfortable, they are necessary and the only path forward.

Plus, there is no one better than us sensitive folks to hold space and educate others from a big-hearted, empathetic, empowered place. We are able to spot nuance and understand systems (however unjust) at a level others don’t, which uniquely equips us to be part of this change.

Please use your superpowers for good.

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Executive coach to sensitive high-achievers. Professor. Feat. NYT, NBC, CNN. Get your free copy of The 5-Minute Inner Critic Makeover: melodywilding.com/guide

The Post-Grad Survival Guide

Medium’s Millennial Work, Money and Life Advice Publication. We discuss our post-grad blues, successes, failures, and everyday life right here. Featuring topics related to work, relationships, travel, finances, and so much more.

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