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As part of my continuing journey of allyship, I am reading Ibram X. Kendi's book How To Be An Antiracist. While Kendi's premise is so simple, what he asks us to do is, admittedly, difficult—because a "racist" is defined as "supporting a racist policy through actions or inaction or expressing a racist idea." That means an antiracist is "one who is supporting an antiracist policy through actions or expressing an antiracist idea."

Philanthropy’s Moment

Apr 15, 2020

Crises can present moments of opportunity for bold action while also creating new perspectives & priorities. This is one of those moments for philanthropy.

You’re Either with Me or Against Me

Theres no neutrality when it comes to systemic racism in the workplace, according to David Delmar Sentes — you have to pick a side. David leads Resilient Coders, a coding boot camp for young people of color that, like other training programs across the country, helps graduates access well-paying jobs in the (still) white-dominated tech industry. He provides insights for companies with the best hiring intentions and challenges them to push beyond PR-driven diversity initiatives to fundamentally question practices that prevent so many people of color from getting a foot in the door — such as why corporations require a college degree for jobs David has first-hand evidence highly-trained high school graduates can do. This episode continues Davids conversation with Andrew Wolk that started in Taking the Protests to the Office. You can read about this interview, including Davids explanations of how Whiteness opens doors to opportunity, at the Finding Common Purpose blog.

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You Have to Pick a Side

As part of my continuing journey of allyship, I am reading Ibram X. Kendi's book How To Be An Antiracist. While Kendi's premise is so simple, what he asks us to do is, admittedly, difficult—because a "racist" is defined as "supporting a racist policy through actions or inaction or expressing a racist idea." That means an antiracist is "one who is supporting an antiracist policy through actions or expressing an antiracist idea."

Allyship: Listening, Supporting, Acting

In my last blog post, I wrote that those of us who are White have an obligation to go on an intentional journey of allyship—no matter […]

You Cannot Lead If You Don’t Understand Your White Privilege

About a week ago, I started listening to the Seeing White podcast and heard comedian D.L. Hughly say these words, "Trump is who we are." If […]

About Andrew Wolk

Andrew Wolk became a serial social entrepreneur more than twenty years ago to pursue his life’s work: helping best utilize resources that enable more individuals and families achieve lifelong success, from a healthy birth, to entering school ready to learn, to receiving a quality education, to getting and keeping a good paying job, and to a healthy and secure aging.

 

Andrew is currently the CEO of Root Cause, the nonprofit consulting firm he founded in 2004. In that role, he has worked with dozens of foundations, nonprofit organizations, public school districts, corporations, and government agencies. His work includes partnering with the Open Society Foundations to develop the strategy and launch the Campaign for Black Male Achievement; managing the Workforce Investment Network with the State Street Foundation; and leading the Continuous Quality Improvement efforts as part of Get Ready Guilford with Ready for School, Ready for Life, and The Duke Endowment, His work on collective action, measurement, learning, improvement, and strategy has helped organizations across the country in the fields of early childhood and K-12 education, workforce development, poverty alleviation, and aging-and has improved more people’s lives.

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