Resources We Are Appreciating
At Antenore & Associates, we come across incredibly thought-provoking articles, movies, books, and interactive resources in our day-to-day work. We utilize these resources to inform our thinking and create dialogue during our programs, but we also want to share them with you. Take a scroll through all of the resources that we are appreciating or jump to particular sections by using the buttons below.
Top of Mind Resources
How Minds Change: The Surprising Science of Belief, Opinion, and Persuasion
Based on human psychology, author David McRaney investigates how minds change, not how to change minds. We particularly enjoyed Chapter 7 on perception, which focuses on everything it takes to truly shift our thinking. A highly recommended read for anyone else who loves to learn more about how the brain works.
American Diversity Report, Speech #42: Neuroscience of Teambuilding
By Carlos E. Cortes and Angela Antenore
In this co-authored interview, Carlos Cortes and I discuss the neurochemical oxytocin and how this particular “love hormone” plays a role in developing and deepening our social connections at work. We also mention how leaders can utilize neuroscience to build trust and encourage positive work/life balance.
The Science of Overcoming Racism
Scientific American published a special edition “The Science of Overcoming Racism” which explores what research shows and experts say about creating a more just and equitable world.
What Strong Organizations Know About DEI
By Undraye Howard, Stanford Social Innovation Review
Diversity, equity, and inclusion are much more than a passing fad. They are a framework for engaging an organization’s full strength. We particularly liked how the article addressed timing: “…(This) doesn’t happen overnight or by accident. It takes time, commitment, and concrete steps to foster a strong culture of connection and engagement across the workforce. This is, in fact, a journey and not a race. It starts with a focus on the people and a recognition that employees are happier and more productive when they feel connected and appreciated and when their leaders understand the importance of work-life balance. Employers can help foster those connections through recognizing the diversity of what employees bring to the work. Employers must build the psychological safety muscle allowing their team to show up and represent their identities without thought of retribution or ridicule. And organizations must embed these values across their organizational policies and practices to achieve true sustainability.”
High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America
Documentary Series on Netflix
“The new Netflix limited series High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America […] is an incredible reframing of history that reintroduces the United States to viewers through the lens of Black people’s food — which is to say, American food. The canon of recipes and foodways emerging from Southern culture, shaped by centuries of agricultural and culinary labor by African people and their descendants, is the foundation of American cooking. …It hits the eye, mind and soul differently than any other food television program, because it simply does what so few have been willing to do: give Black people space to explore and express our own joy.” – Osayi Endolyn, New York Times
3 Ways to Drive Inclusion in Organizations
By Gena Cox, SmartBrief
Gena Cox gives describes Diversity and Inclusion as not a side thing; but rather a core leadership competency and a subset of effective leadership. She then succinctly provides three actions to drive meaningful change for business leaders to help their organizations without treating them as an implicit bias “DEI” issue.
Speech vs. Diversity, Diversity vs. Speech
By Carlos E. Cortés, American Diversity Report
In 2018, Dr. Carlos E. Cortés embarked on a scholarly odyssey when he proposed the following question: “over the past fifty years, what has happened when two worthy values collide: inclusive diversity and robust speech?” Today, you are invited to accompany Dr. Cortés on part of his personal odyssey published in the American Diversity Report.
How Women Can Get Comfortable “Playing Politics” at Work
Harvard Business Review
“Playing politics” is common at work, but many women (and men) shun it because they feel their work should speak for themselves, or because it feels like just one extra thing to do. But the authors of this article, who are leadership coaches, argue that it’s necessary for women if they want to get ahead — and that key five mindset shifts can make it empowering instead of icky.
The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together
by Heather McGhee
The Sum of Us shows how the economic and political powers-that-be have exploited race to split Americans into warring tribes trapped in a zero-sum game fighting for what’s left after the top 1% take 40% of the wealth.
Better Decisions Through Diversity
Kellogg Insight, based on the research of Katherine W. Phillips, Katie A. Liljenquist and Margaret A. Neale
Expanding diversity in the workplace is often seen as a good way to inject fresh ideas into an otherwise stagnant environment, and incorporating new perspectives can help members tackle problems from a number of different angles. But few have looked into exactly why or how this is so.
Reimagining Equity & Access for Diverse Youth
This is a free online professional development curriculum. This site hosts a series of free, online professional development modules for school and public youth services librarians, library administrators, and others interested in improving their knowledge about race and racism, racial equity, and culturally sustaining pedagogy. The primary focus of the Project READY curriculum is on improving relationships with, services to, and resources for youth of color and Native youth.
Weekly Podcast Produced by NPR
This eye opening podcast discusses the origins of policing in America while helping us to understand how the past has dictated our current circumstances. By learning from our painful history, we can take the appropriate steps to make a positive impact as we proceed forward, each step bringing us closer to equity and inclusion.
‘I Don’t See Race’ — Racial Color-Blindness and Eradicating Racism
By Bill Johnson
We love articles that make us think deeply about bias. This article discusses how research has revealed that individuals endorsing color-blind racial attitudes had more difficulty communicating in cross-racial dyads; these individuals also inaccurately underestimate the frequency of both blatant and subtle racism in society.
Racial Justice Toolkit for Real Estate Professionals
By Consultant and Ally, Sara Alvarado
Sara Alvarado has generously shared this free resource. In looking at some of the articles and video links, we found some interesting and useful information you may like to share with housing providers, financial services, funders, and other community members. An example resource is “How Redlining Shaped Black America As We Know It” video on Youtube. Use the following link to download Sara’s resource.
The Human Library®
The Human Library is a library of people. They host events where readers can borrow human beings serving as open books and have conversations they would not normally have access to. Every human book from their bookshelf represents a group in society that is often subjected to prejudice, stigmatization, or discrimination because of their lifestyle, diagnosis, belief, disability, social status, ethnic origin, etc.
Videos and Movies
Watch Who We Are | A Chronicle of Racism in America
Documentary Film on Netflix
Former ACLU Deputy Legal Director Jeffery Robinson’s groundbreaking talk on anti-Black racism is interwoven with archival footage, interviews, and Robinson’s story, exploring the enduring legacy of white supremacy and our collective responsibility to overcome it. We think it is an accessible and poignant glimpse of black history in the U.S.
The Danger of a Single Story
TED Talk by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
This powerful TED Talk looks at how our lives and our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding. This presentation includes a transcript translated into 49 languages.
The Benefits – and Pitfalls – of Diversity
by Katherine W. Phillips
Why Diversity Is Hard (and Why It’s Worth It)
by Katherine W. Phillips
Benefits of Diversity
by Katherine W. Phillips
TV Series on Apple TV
A global series about child development explores how the first 2,000 days on Earth shape the rest of our lives. Told through the eyes of over 100 children worldwide, from Nepal to Japan and Borneo, each episode offers a thought-provoking look at how children learn to think, speak and move, from birth to age 5. It underscores how different our journeys can be but ultimately tells the story of our shared humanity and community when it comes to raising children.
Race in the Workplace
Video Series by Time Magazine
Time Magazine has a series of 9 videos regarding Race in the Workplace along with support materials. Each video is approximately 1 hour. Join Shaun Harper, one of the world’s leading racial equity experts, and Zoom’s Chief Diversity Officer Damien Hooper-Campbell, for a multi-part series focused on practical approaches to improving and advancing racial equity, diversity, and inclusion in organizations.
Other Recommended Movies
For more information about these movies, check out IMDB page linked next to each title.
Crash (2004): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0375679/
Los Angeles citizens with vastly separate lives collide in interweaving stories of race, loss and redemption.
The Hate U Give (2018): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5580266/
Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Now, facing pressure from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what’s right.
The Sound of Metal (2019): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5363618/
A heavy-metal drummer’s life is thrown into freefall when he begins to lose his hearing.
Tokyo Trial (2016): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4040530/
A historical drama that focuses on a decade-long investigation into events in the Pacific during and after WWII.
The Sapphires (2012): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1673697/
The Sapphires is based on the true story of an Aboriginal “girl” group from the same family who left Australia to sing soul music for US troops during the Vietnam war. At the time, aboriginal people were just gaining basic civil rights, like voting and being counted as Australian citizens. The girls faced intense racism at home, but they took their act all the way to Vietnam to entertain American troops.
I Am Not Your Negro (2016): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5804038/
Developed from the book James Baldwin never finished, a narration about race in America, using the writer’s original words. The film draws upon Baldwin’s notes on the lives and assassinations of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr. to explore and bring a fresh and radical perspective to the current racial narrative in America.
The Problem with Jon Stewart, Episode 8: https://www.theproblem.com/episode-8-the-problem-with-racism-white-people/
America prides itself on being a place of equity for all, but that’s never been true for Black people. Slaver and its legacy have informed virtually every institution of American life, and that’s forced Black people to fight so hard for basic equality that they’ve been irreparably set back in the pursuit of equity.
Articles and Books to Provoke Dialogue
At Antenore & Assoicates, we use a model to support “real” dialogue in our work. You may choose to select sections or chapters.
American Diversity Report, Speech #36: Gender and Generations, An Evolving Conversation
By Carlos E. Cortes and Angela Antenore
In this co-authored interview, Carlos Cortes and I talk about how discussions around gender have changed over the decades we’ve known each other. From the high school classes we took, the history it took to get here, and a little about what we’re seeing today, I think you’ll enjoy this short conversation with my colleague and good friend.
The Leader as Coach
By Herminia Ibarra and Anne Scoular, Harvard Business Review
Organizations are moving toward coaching-focused leadership, where managers facilitate problem-solving, ask questions, and offer support and guidance rather than giving orders and making judgments. “The Leader as Coach” article explains the different types of coaching and notes that sometimes not coaching is appropriate too. Read this article for why coaching is valuable for organizations as well as individuals.
Between the World & Me
By Ta Nehisi Coates
Written as a letter to his teenage son about the feelings, symbolism, and realities associated with being Black in the United States, Between the World & Me is a profound book that worth a read.
A Fine Balance
By Rohinton Mistry
With a compassionate realism and narrative sweep that recall the work of Charles Dickens, this magnificent novel captures all the cruelty and corruption, dignity and heroism, of India.
Successful Diversity Management Initiatives
A Blueprint for Planning and Implementation
By Patricia Arredondo
Just when you think you’ve read all about managing diversity and you’ve concluded that there is nothing new to say, Patricia Arredondo’s book offers a fresh, insightful, and helpful blueprint for beginning and moving forward with a diversity initiative. Successful Diversity Management Initiatives not only outlines specific steps for a managing diversity process but also discusses the rationale for procedures, identifies potential roadblocks, and explores how barriers could be managed.
An Anonymous Berkeley Professor Just Shredded BLM’s Injustice Narrative
By Steve Straub
Reminding people to be aware of the importance of supporting everyone to have “agency” in this conversation, you might like this article. Take a look at the link below: