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When ignorance IS NOT bliss

November 20 is Transgender Day of Remembrance, a time to honor those who have lost their lives to acts of transgender violence. According to research by the Transgender Law Center, at least 139 people have been killed in the last six years as a direct result of that violence, making the United States the third most dangerous country for transgender people to call home.

Sure, we can turn off the news and pretend these atrocities aren’t taking place, but a blind eye not only fails to address the issue — it could actually exacerbate it. Eventually, we’ll feel compelled to share our opinions about the issue and, because we’ve chosen to remain ill-informed (yes, it’s a choice), we find ourselves parroting the thoughts of others or oversimplifying a very complex problem.

I recently shared a post on LinkedIn about the pressure we feel to pick a side in situations about which we’re largely uneducated.

The words shared are in response to conversations about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, but the main point is universal: we have to be aware. We need to hold ourselves, and each other, accountable for learning more about an issue before forming our opinion. Even further, we must remember the lives involved before taking a hard-lined stance for one side over another.

Ultimately, we have to acknowledge that issues of diversity and equity don’t happen in a vacuum. When prejudice-motivated crimes and racial conflict take place (even halfway around the world), we’re all impacted. Where hate is given room to burn, it will consume whole communities, leaving even more dissension and unrest in its wake. We have to get our heads out of the sand, otherwise our denial (or worse, our apathy) will only fan the flames.

Resources

In honor of the Transgender Day of Remembrance, check out our recommended reads in the Book Nook to learn more about transgender history.
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There are still plenty of opportunities left in 2023 to increase your awareness of the world around you and foster inclusion and belonging in your workplace. Check out our Diversity Calendar to see what the rest of the year has in store. We are currently in the process of updating the calendar for 2024 and will let you know as soon as it’s available!
Simply Good

Collectively, we’ve been talking about diversity for many years now. This diversity conversation has been incredibly helpful in moving us forward toward more inclusive workplaces for all. However, this conversation has clearly been missing something. How do I know? Let’s look at the evidence.
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2023 National Diversity Women’s Business Leadership Conference

November 9–10, 2023
National Harbor, Maryland

Hosted by Diversity Woman Media, this event brings together women business leaders of all races, cultures and backgrounds from the world’s largest corporations, as well as entrepreneurs from successful women-owned businesses. If you’re a mid- to senior- level manager, work in talent acquisition, or are looking to move into a leadership role, please consider joining us!

Not yet a member of Rework Workspace? Join us for full access to even more resources that will enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion in your workplace.

When ignorance IS NOT bliss
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