Moving From Ally to Accomplice: How Far Are You Willing to Go to Disrupt Racism in the Workplace?

Despite organizational efforts, many employees of color still experience racism and discrimination in the workplace. In addition to encountering racism and discrimination, many employees of color are relegated to positions that are not commensurate with their experience, skill level or level of education. One of the factors that contributes to this is that White people have become too comfortable in their roles as allies; which often sees them listening to a colleague of color about their encounters with racism in the workplace, without requiring them to take any direct action against the racism and discrimination within their organization. The goal of this presentation will be to help attendees understand that being an ally is not enough because simply listening and observing is not enough. In order to disrupt racism and discrimination in the workplace, and beyond, we must be willing to speak up for and with marginalized groups, even if that means we are putting our own privilege at risk.

Handout(s): NWPEDC 2019_Moving From Ally to Accomplice (1 of 1)

about Tai Harden-Moore

Tai Harden-Moore, Founder and CEO of Moore Consultants, LLC, is a dedicated diversity, equity, belonging, and inclusion advocate. As Founder of Moore Consultants Tai is dedicated to helping organizational leaders deepen their knowledge and develop the strategies necessary to create diverse, equitable, and inclusive environments for all.

While earning her Juris Doctor degree from Florida A&M University College of Law, Tai served as the Lieutenant Governor for Non-Traditional Students for the American Bar Association Law Student Division, which afforded her the opportunity to work with and be an advocate for underserved student populations, particularly, students of color, women, LGBTQ students, and part-time law students in Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee and Puerto Rico.

Since graduating from law school, Tai has demonstrated her commitment to diversity, equity, belonging, and inclusion, social and economic justice and, racial equity, by being involved in and giving back to the community in various ways. Whether it be through her work as an equity trainer and facilitator, her service to local non-profit boards, her research concerning legal issues surrounding gentrification and displacement in North and Northeast Portland, her work as a Conversation Leader for Oregon Humanities, or using her voice to bring attention to social justice issues through articles published by Diverse Issues in Higher EducationHuffington Post, The Skanner News, Black Commentator, and African American Times; Tai has chosen to use her voice to effect change in our community.

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