Learn to Pronounce Their Names, Don’t Hold Interviews in Hotel Rooms, and Other Actions for Allies

Each week, we share five simple actions to create a more inclusive workplace and be a better ally.

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1. Learn how to pronounce their names

2. Say “We don’t do that here” to help set culture

“The college I attended was small and very LGBT friendly. One day someone came to visit and used the word ‘gay’ as a pejorative, as was common in the early 2000s. A current student looked at the visitor and flatly said, ‘we don’t do that here.’ The guest started getting defensive and explaining that they weren’t homophobic and didn’t mean anything by it. The student replied, ‘I’m sure that’s true, but all you need to know is we don’t do that here.’ The interaction ended at that point, and everyone moved on to different topics. ‘We don’t do that here’ was a polite but firm way to educate the newcomer about our culture.”

3. Call out creepy behavior

4. Hold interviews in hotel rooms only as a last resort

5. Take action when you hear these “red flag” phrases

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