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SXSW Interactive 2014

Building The Bridge To Equality With Allies

This dual presentation seeks to change the conversation from “I don’t know how to increase diversity and justice in my community” to providing practical tools and actionable steps to help attendees create change and become allies.

Every year thousands of people experience harassment at school or work because they don't fit into a neat, little box of being White, straight and male. Up to 43 percent of gay people have experienced some form of discrimination or harassment in the workplace and the numbers are just as concerning for Black, Latinos and women.

In the aftermath of the Treyvon Martin case, many felt upset, powerless and angry. If we stand by and don’t demand justice and equality for everyone, we become silent partners to the problem.

The panelists will share how individuals can contribute to making their communities, schools and workplaces more inclusive and diverse with a focus on becoming allies and advocate for others.

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  1. How can I address the social inequalities in modern culture when it comes to homophobia, racism and sexism?
  2. How can I speak up as an ally to stop racism, homophobia and gender discrimination in the workplace and school?
  3. What can I do as a person from an underrepresented group do to help bring about cultural change?
  4. How you can stand up for someone else when the opportunity presents itself?
  5. When is the right time to stay something at school about policies that affect students from underrepresented groups?



Adria Richards, Developer, Self

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  • Tags: diversity, justice
  • Event: Interactive
  • Format: Dual
  • Track: Diversity and Emerging Markets
  • Track 2
  • Level: Intermediate
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