Anti-Racism Work

We made this page to share the resources we use at Bread SRSLY to create an Inclusive, Anti-racist, and Psychologically Safe workplace. 

Open examination of racism is an essential component of Inclusivity and Leadership. Through these videos, exercises and readings, our goals are:

  • To provide a safe space for learning about racism
  • To understand how we each participate in or experience racism every day
  • To get curious about racism in our actions, our language, and our assumptions, and to learn how to challenge them
  • To practice using the vocabulary and tools necessary to actively work against racism
  • To create more safe and inclusive workplaces by sharing our resources and modeling vulnerable leadership
We invite you to explore, to engage us in conversation, to take this to your own workplace, and to share this page. 

Please credit Bread SRSLY when sharing these resources, and credit our sources which are linked appropriately.

#1 - Creating a Psychologically Safe Space for Communication

Sadie Scheffer, CEO of Bread SRSLY, discusses the foundations of psychological safety, including how to create it for yourself and others, and why it's important for clear and kind communication.

Reflection Questions

  • Have I considered Psychological Safety for myself in my workplace? How about for others on my team?
  • What role does self-compassion play in my Anti-racism work?

Action Step

  • Bring the phrase "We reserve the right to change our minds" to your team to put into play as a ground rule.

 Additional Resources Referenced

Dare to Lead - Brené Brown

The Avarna Group

 


Sitting in Discomfort

Discover the value of learning how to recognize and sit in discomfort, and why it's a precursor to empathy building.

Reflection Question

  • What does my discomfort teach me about other people's pain?

Action Step

  • Start to practice sitting with discomfort, and get curious about what you can learn from it.

 Additional Resources Referenced

Dare to Lead - Brené Brown

Video: Brené Brown on Empathy

 


Understanding Unconscious Bias

Unconscious bias, or implicit bias, can be a tough topic to navigate, but it's critical one to unpack before doing anti-racism work. Learn the meaning of unconscious bias and how it affects our assumptions of others, then offers guidance for how to be more aware of it and create a cognizant shift in our thinking.

 

Reflection Questions

  • How is Unconscious Bias tied to systemic racism?

Action Step

  • Notice the next time you make an assumption of someone's race. Ask yourself where that assumption is coming from. What images, media, stories etc. are contributing to your assumptions and biases?

 Additional Resources Referenced

The Avarna Group

 


Examining the Impact of Microaggressions

Discover what microaggressions are, how they impact non-dominant groups, and what you can do to prevent them in your interactions with others.

Reflection Question

  • Where might Microaggressions show up in your workplace?

Action Step

  • Listen for phrases like "You're overreacting," "I didn't mean anything by it," or "I don't see what the big deal is." Then, see if you can spot a Microaggression at play. Speak with the person at whom the Microaggression was directed, and follow their lead on how to react to it.

 Additional Resources Referenced

The Avarna Group

So You Want to Talk About Race - Ijeoma Oluo

Salt Fat Acid Heat - Samin Nosrat