Prepping Students of Color (Like Stanford Does), 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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Photo of students of color at what could be an interview meetup. By Jopwell Collection.

1. Create an interview prep package

While it would be fantastic to offer a class for students anywhere (but especially at HBCUs) on how to pass your technical interview, that may not be feasible. Instead, why not make an interview prep package? Which candidates can use to self-study and prepare for phone screens and in-person meetings.

One more thing: consider leveraging the Stanford course’s syllabus and material, which the instructor made available for free as part of a UC San Diego course hosted on Coursera. Get it here.

2. Say, “That’s what I used to think, too” to push back on excuses for bad behavior

Wondering how to stand up, be an ally, and push back in such a situation? Try this out. Say, “That’s what I used to think, too. But, I’ve started to see how his behavior is getting in the way, making it hard for us to deliver our quarterly objectives.” And then provide an example or two.

3. Stand up to anti-LGBTQ comments

Folks, let’s be on the look out for such comments. And consider responding with a simple, “We don’t do that here.”

4. Ask about your company’s stance on #DontBanEquality

If your company wasn’t part of that ad, consider asking about it at your next all-hands meeting. For example, “Do you think we can have equality in the workplace if people can’t access the reproductive health care they need?”

5. Refuse to speak on all-male panels

We couldn’t agree more.

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