This is a list of the shortform reading I've been doing lately. As a part of my professional
work, I make sure to read at least two articles a week that pertain to diversity, inclusion,
and belonging (DI&B), and this page used to be used for that specific purpose. However, it's
gradually become a place to record any shortform reading I've done in addition to that goal
I care very much about making sure I am consuming a representative and wide range of
topics in this area, and so welcome suggestions and recommendations! If you know of
anything I ought to be reading, please send it my way.
Under the guise of professionalism, features associated with Blackness—attire, mannerisms, vernacular, and general appearance—are viewed as unfit for an occupational setting and are deeply rooted in anti-Black sentiments.
The Verge is updating their public ethics policy to be clearer in their interactions with public relations and corporate communications professionals. They say they're doing this "because big tech companies in particular have hired a dizzying array of communications staff who routinely push the boundaries of acceptable sourcing in an effort to deflect accountability, pass the burden of truth to the media, and generally control the narratives around the companies they work for while being annoying as hell to deal with."
Julie Fredrickson writes about the positive difference digital asynchronous communication has on her ability to manage her energy while living with chronic illness. She linked this post in a response to a tweet I retweeted, about if and how people are helping accommodate interviewees with panic attacks or other anxiety issues.
Terra Field, a senior software engineer at Netflix and a leader of Netflix's Trans* employee resource group, writes about the recent controversy around Netflix's launch of the Dave Chappelle special, and specifically the reaction to a Twitter thread she created to discuss it.
Hannah Dreier in The Washington Post. October 17, 2021.
Read during the week of October 18–22, 2021
Dreier profiles a family whose home was destroyed in a California wildfire, who spent a year living in a trailer park established by FEMA, then were dropped into homelessness as the park closed. The piece is a part of her examination into why so many people become permanently homeless after losing their homes to wildfire, and highlights ways FEMA is failing people as these disasters only increase in severity and frequency.