Diversity Minute 7: The Power of Your Voice
The Power of Your Voice versus The Complicity of Silence
Strengthening your allyship toolkit
In previous episodes, we’ve covered the steps to effective allyship (The A.C.A. Pillars™) and provided a self-test (The Allyship Test). Now, it’s time to add some tools to your allyship toolkit. The first tool we’re going to talk about is your voice.
Your voice is a power tool
To build inclusive communities, we need power tools, and YOUR power tool is your voice. Using your voice for justice can make all the difference in the world to those who’ve been ignored or silenced. It’s important to speak up and speak out; in fact, it’s our ethical responsibility. Your voice — our voices — can help bring attention to an injustice.
The important thing is not to remain silent — to do so makes us a part of the problem when we want to be a part of the solution.
Using your influence
The fact is, many of us have influence in spaces that others may not. Our influence can vary depending on our gender, physical ability, immigration status, race, or even our occupation. The important thing is not to remain silent — to do so makes us a part of the problem when we want to be a part of the solution.
What will you speak up for?
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