Diversity and Inclusion:

Resources to Leverage

Whether you’re looking to help support your employees during these times of civil unrest, recognize the LGBTQ community during Pride Month , or encourage your company to make their voices heard, we’ve rounded up resources that can help.


The Obama Foundation works to help leaders change their world—and the world needs changing. While now is a time for grief and anger, it is also a time for resolve. Find resources here to learn what you can do to create a more just and equitable world.


THE LGBTQ Community and COVID 19

Anguish and Action: Obama Foundation

As COVID-19 sweeps the world, hundreds of thousands of people have contracted the virus, and every community has been affected. The LGBTQ community in the U.S. — along with many communities around the globe — will face unique challenges due to its economic and health care situations.


Free Resources to Share

Activities and Resources for Inclusive Learning at Home

Each week while most students are out of school due to COVID-19, HRC Foundation's Welcoming Schools will offer a book and a related activity adapted from our teacher lesson plans for parents to use with children at home. Our featured books will focus on Welcoming Schools themes: embracing all families, being an ally and respecting differences inclusive of LGBTQ identities.


Color of Change: Sign a Petition to End Violent Policing Against Black People


Sign this petition, recommended by the Obama Foundation, calling for the end of police violence against Black people.


Lean In's 50 Ways to Fight Bias

A deck of cards that highlights 50 specific examples of gender bias in the workplace, encourages group discussion and problem-solving, and offers research-backed recommendations for what to do. The cards are designed to engage people of all genders.  The cards are also available as a digital version or a presentation for large groups or workshops. at no cost.


This document is intended to serve as a resource to white people and parents to deepen our anti-racism work. If you haven’t engaged in anti-racism work in the past, start now. Feel free to circulate this document on social media and with your friends, family, and colleagues.


ThinkHR Anti-Racism Resources

Webinars: Exploring the Impact of COVID-19 and the LGBTQ Community

HRC has joined partner organizations for a series of webinars to discuss the impact of COVID-19 and the LGBTQ community. Watch below and check back for upcoming webinars.


Event: Celebrate Pride Together Virtually

On Saturday June 27, Pride organizers across Europe, the Americas, Asia, and southern Africa, will use online platforms to digitize the annual celebration. Livestreams will boast "musical performances, speeches, and key messages from human rights activists," according to a release.




Events and Webinars

Virtual Conference: Diversity Reboot - The Future of the Inclusive Workplace

COVID-19 has forced us to map the future of our workplaces at a dizzying new pace. The Diversity Reboot 2020 Summit is a virtual gathering for business leaders who want to share how we can all rebuild faster in partnership with diverse talent. Join us, along with thousands of diverse women and allies, to remake our world the way it ought to be.


Shared Resource: Trainings

Google Doc sharing Black anti-racist trainers and organizations who are *open* to taking corporate clients right now. This is a crowd-sourced document sharing the names of organizations and individuals, their websites, and specialties.



LeanIn Circles

The Lean In Circles community is a vibrant network of women in almost every country. Since 2013, we’ve been connecting over shared experiences, building each other up, and cheering each other on. Now we’re coming together virtually to support each other through the pandemic—and you're invited to join us.



How U.S. Companies Can Support Employees of Color Through the Pandemic

The impact of Covid-19 has been felt in homes and workplaces across the globe. Although there’s plenty of rhetoric about how we’re all in this together, the fallout from the pandemic clearly shows that we are not in the same boat. The direct impact of Covid-19 on Black and brown communities in the U.S. is staggering. Learn how your company can help.


How to Manage Your Team in Times of Political Trauma

There’s a lot of talks about creating an inclusive workplace culture. We attend workshops, watch webinars, bring in guest speakers, implement less bias-prone recruiting processes… but can we truly create an inclusive experience if our direct managers fail to behave in an inclusive, equitable way?




Business Practices and Policies

Transgender Inclusion in the Workplace: A Toolkit for Employers

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation created Transgender Inclusion in the Workplace: A Toolkit for Employers to provide human resources and diversity and inclusion professionals with an overview of legal and other issues, such as access to inclusive healthcare and barriers to employment, surrounding transgender ...

LeanIn.org: Learn to Counteract Gender Bias

Learn more about our programs that help women advance and organizations counteract gender bias. While we’re all facing new challenges at work and at home, here are some practical resources about the topics that are top of mind for women right now.Visit LeanIn.org.



Without adequate support, minority employees are likely to perceive their environments as more interpersonally and institutionally biased against them. Leaders seeking to create an inclusive environment for everyone must find ways to address these topics.



HBR: U.S. Businesses Must Take Meaningful Action Against Racism


Contribute to Color of Change

Color of Change leads campaigns that build real power for Black communities. They challenge injustice, hold corporate and political leaders accountable, commission game-changing research on systems of inequality, and advance solutions for racial justice that can transform our world.

Contribute to a Local Community Bail Fund through the National Bail Fund Network

The National Bail Fund Network is made up of over sixty community bail and bond funds across the country. We regularly update this listing of community bail funds that are freeing people by paying bail/bond and are also fighting to abolish the money bail system and pretrial detention.




Ways to Get Involved and Make an Impact

Support the NAACP Legal Defense Fund

The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. is America’s premier legal organization fighting for racial justice. Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, LDF seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice in a society that fulfills the promise of equality for all Americans.

Join Campaign Zero

Funds donated to Campaign Zero support the analysis of policing practices across the country, research to identify effective solutions to end police violence, technical assistance to organizers leading police accountability campaigns and the development of model legislation and advocacy to end police violence nationwide. 


If you are inspired to give to local, state-based and national organizations working to address these issues, please refer to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation's preliminary list of organizations, which they plan to add to in the coming days and weeks.




Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Recommended Books on Diversity and Anti-Racism

  • An Essential Reading Guide for Fighting Racism (Buzzfeed): From Audre Lorde's groundbreaking essays to Ibram X. Kendi's guide to being antiracist, these books are a great resource for understanding why people are protesting right now.
  • Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People: . “Blindspot” is the authors’ metaphor for the portion of the mind that houses hidden biases. Writing with simplicity and verve, Banaji and Greenwald explain the science that shapes our likes and dislikes and our judgments about people’s character, abilities and potential. The book uses the Implicit Association Test, a method that has revolutionized the way scientists learn about the human mind and that gives us a glimpse into what lies within the blindspot. The “good people” in the subtitle refers to all of us who strive to align our behavior with our intentions.
  • Let Them See You: The Guide for Leveraging Your Diversity at Work: A collection of Braswell’s straight-talking advice and mentorship for diverse careerists, from college students to mid-level professionals. It’s also an invitation for diversity champions to listen in on the guidance and perspective Braswell provides, particularly for young diverse workers.
  • The Multicultural Mind: Unleashing the Hidden Force for Innovation in Your Organization: Globalization has created a superheated competitive business environment that demands innovation to stay ahead. But it's also created a hidden source of innovation right in your midst: the people in your organization who have deep experience in more than one culture—multiculturals. Having to integrate different cultural frameworks has enabled them to develop abilities that can contribute powerfully to building innovative organizations.
  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration In The Age of Colorblindness: The New Jim Crow is a stunning account of the rebirth of a caste-like system in the United States, one that has resulted in millions of African Americans locked behind bars and then relegated to a permanent second-class status—denied the very rights supposedly won in the Civil Rights Movement.



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