Facets: Issue 42

September 1, 2017

The Cycle of Settling

Dominique Matti
Black women are put in the tough position of accepting less than we’re worth or accepting nothing at all.

"And what are they paying you?” Matti shares what it's like to answer that question as a Black woman freelance writer. The perception of value is harmfully skewed; where others can push for more, Black women are made to feel grateful for whatever is being given, implying that what they have to offer is worth less.

My ‘Get Out’ Experience With Investors

Andy Ayim
I found myself drinking wine I don’t even like, pretending to laugh at conversations I couldn’t even relate to and listening to people that were not interested in listening to me.

Ayim shares the account of a friend, who arrived at an event to pitch his idea and was immediately hyper-aware of being the outsider. He challenges the investors who were so shocked by his presence to put their money where their mouths are, and truly invest in founders (and their dreams) first.

Where Diversity Initiatives Fail

Kasra Rahjerdi
Here’s a shocker: No one wants to share specific incidents that have happened at our mutual workplace.

Over a decade's experience in the industry, one vital, harsh truth: we can only address diversity by first addressing our refusal to acknowledge that harassment happens every day in our workplace. Some people will be treated better than others: it's an uncomfortable realisation, but a vital one.

Diversity is a Competency

Alix Dunn
We know that the more diverse we are, the more we reduce our blind spots and fully understand the issues we’re tackling.

Somewhere, the idea took root that diversity and competency are mutually exclusive. Dunn asserts that diversity is itself a competency. It is not disconnected from our efficiency and technologists; seeing it as something to master leads to improved processes, products, and teams.

And a few extras...

Diversity and inclusion at Monzo isn't where the company wants it to be, but this breakdown of their diversity data (and where they want to go from here) is one of the better ones I've seen— it's open, thoughtful, and sets concrete goals for improvement.

Want to be an ally? Sam Kapila's got some suggestions— all shockingly simple. Step one: jokes about the under-represented? They're not funny.

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