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Anti-Racism Toolkit

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Many people feel ill-equipped or anxious about discussing race in the workplace. Recent acts of anti-Black racism, hatred, and violence have re-ignited protests across the US and the world. Many of us have woken up to a new reality that others in our community have been living with for too long. Collectively, we are understanding that not only must we stand in solidarity with our students, colleagues, and community members of color, we must also take action to create long-lasting, systemic change to address racial injustice and inequality.

The purpose of this toolkit is to support dialogue about racism within the Stanford staff community, and engage and unite the community in actions that will advance racial justice.

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Cycle graph showing steps: how to talk about racism, anti-racism: take action to confront and reject racism, practice allyship, keep focused on the change, start with self, and get comfortable with being uncomfortable

How to use this Toolkit

These tools have been designed and curated to work together to support you on your anti-racism journey. You can “Start with Self” and work through each of the tools in order, or you can jump to learning more about “How to Talk about Racism.” There is no "right" way to start; what matters is that you start.

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Start with Self (includes understanding personal biases and self-care)

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Get Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable (creating psychological safety to have difficult conversations, LARA)

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How to Talk about Racism (why it's important to discuss racism and how to lead an effective discussion)

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Anti-racism: Take Action to Confront and Reject Racism (what is anti-racism, how to be an anti-racist)

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Practice Allyship (what it means to be an ally, how to act beyond being an ally)

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Keep Focused on the Change (creating and sustaining change/cultural transformation)

Useful reference as you get started

Common Terminology and Definitions to Discuss Discrimination