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As individuals, there are a number of steps we can take to make change and build a more inclusive and equitable field and world. This includes understanding implicit bias and microaggressions and learning to interrupt and address them in ourselves and others.

Understanding implicit bias and microaggressions[edit | edit source]

Implicit bias is when you act on the basis of prejudice or stereotype without intending to do so. Implicit associations often don’t align with our declared beliefs. Everyone has implicit biases, so we must take steps to identify them so we are more conscious about how we act.


Microaggressions are “the kinds of remarks, questions, or actions that are painful because they have to do with a person's membership in a group that's discriminated against or subject to stereotypes”. Learn more about microaggressions and how they relate to implicit bias in this Vox article What Exactly is a Microaggression.

Advocating for change[edit | edit source]

Much of DEIA work is advocating for those around you to see the world from a different perspective. No matter our job title or years in the field, every one of us can become an agent for change in the field. Recognizing our agency and inherent power is critical in successful advocacy.


Racial Justice Resources[edit | edit source]

Organizations to donate to:


Books:

(We would encourage people to not use Amazon if they plan to purchase any of these resources. Their history of problematic and racist labor policies and development of faulty facial recognition technology makes us all less safe and actively causes harm to BIPOC. We encourage people to find BIPOC-owned local bookstores or go to bookshop.org to support independent bookstores)

  • Michelle Alexander. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. 2010.
  • Dolly Chugh. The Person You Mean to Be: How Good People Fight Bias. 2018.
  • Jennifer Eberhardt. Biased : Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do. 2019.
  • Ibram Kendi. Stamped from the Beginning: The definitive history of racist ideas in America. 2016.
  • Ibram Kendi. How to be an antiracist. 2019.


Articles/Presentations:

Websites:


Reading lists and resources compiled by other arts organizations:


A bibliography on Race and Visual Representation in European Culture c.1300-1700, begun by Patricia Simons which has a section on Critical Race Theory: *[1]

Reading lists and resources compiled by AIC members:

Bystander Interventions[edit | edit source]

Mentoring Resources[edit | edit source]