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Inclusionist Interactions session: How to be an ally to women from ethnic minority backgrounds.

Inclusionist Interactions session: How to be an ally to women from ethnic minority backgrounds.

Mark.Freed / 21 May 2021

On Tuesday 18th May, Men for Inclusion hosted another Inclusionist Interactions session: How to be an ally to women from ethnic minority backgrounds.

A number of practical things were mentioned of what men can do in the workplace to better support women from ethnic minority backgrounds who often face great challenges around progression.

  • People from ethnic minority backgrounds are all individuals. It doesn't help to treat people as a group. Start conversations, get to know people and find the common points of interest you are likely to have
  • For hiring managers recognise that people from ethnic minority backgrounds may have less access to the financial resources needed to work internships or do protracted training for little reward. Pay them!
  • Ask every member of your team what their ambitions are, what challenges they face. Listen and do anything in your power to bridge gaps for them
  • Be generous with your networks and support people who don't have large groups with whom they feel easy affinity to develop their networks
  • It's ok not to agree with  everyone but make sure you genuinely welcome thoughts and ideas from everyone

Thank you to Tracey Abayeta, Jesutofunmi Idowu, Mary Adeyemi, Anne Siew and BaoY Van Cong for sharing your experience and giving your advice.   

The following is a recording of the session: 

 

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