Posts tagged diversity
03: Resisting White Supremacy Right Where You Are (Kenrya Rankin)

“Understand that the most impact that you’ll be is right where you stand. So, where are you right now? And what can you do in your immediate environment to move the needle? And that there’s, everybody doesn’t have to be an organizer on the front line, everybody doesn’t have to be holding a picket sign and have their arms linked. And while that is a valuable form of resistance and that’s gotten us a lot of places. That there are a whole lot of other things that we can do, in the place that we are, that helps us all get there.”

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09: Disrupting the Fashion Industry and How to Do Better (Aja Barber)

“How can you really practice feminism if the people at the top are not diverse. Is this? Let’s look at where the money is going and if it’s not going back into the pockets of women, and people of color, and non-binary people, and people all over the world. Is this really, truly diverse? And I would argue that it’s not. We’re just keeping the flow of money going in the same direction it’s always gone in. Ya know? It’s just another brand of white supremacy and patriarchy to see that the people who hold the power are profiting off of these concepts that we’re all, ya know, really trying to sort of insert into our lives in more equitable ways. Basically I see a lot of brands that are using the phrase, but not walking the walk at all and I think we should be more aware of that as consumers.”

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07: Why Language and the Inclusivity of English Matters (Anne Curzan)

“When we think about a pronoun like ‘they’, it’s fundamentally about respect for other people. And if someone says that is my pronoun then the respectful thing to do of another human being is to say, ‘Of course I will use your pronoun in the same way that I will use your name' because that’s who you are and I respect you as a person so of course I will use your name and your pronoun.’”

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06: From NYC to LA and Why You Need to Show Us Your Room (Lisa McQuillan)

“Sometimes it takes a bit of a process for us to like feel like we have permission to call ourselves creative. I think that was part of my delay in becoming a writer. I was like, ‘Am I allowed to be a writer?’ I felt like I needed to be granted permission or anointed and I felt like I called myself an aspiring writer for longer than necessary. Like if you’re writing, you’re a writer.”

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05: Speaking Diversity and Inclusion in the Sseko Ssisterhood (Carisa & Taylor)

“So I feel, and I’ve been doing a lot of research as far as reaching out to my black friends and family and finding out. do they have a bad taste because it’s direct sales, or is it Sseko or is it the mission? What exactly is preventing them from wanting to join or be a part or be a customer of Sseko?” {Carisa Montgomery}

“Yeah Carisa when you were just talking about the solution of the problem being inviting more people to our community and being more inclusive, I’m thinking about two of the aspects of Sseko which are one of my favorite parts of being a Sseko Fellow which are our Design and our Impact Councils. So on the Design Council we get to offer our suggestions for future catalogs. A lot of the things we are making now are a direct byproduct of the suggestions that are being made in that space. And we also have an Impact and Connection Council where we talk about the best way to foster connection between the women who are involved in Sseko here in the United States and our women in East Africa.” {Taylor Trenchard}

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