如何拥抱您的文化工作利多尼亚·劳伦斯(Lildonia Lawrence)

2020年7月27日

时代变了,种族,身份和交叉性的探索已成为人们的最前沿'的头脑。公司正在努力变得更具包容性,盟国正在努力理解和倾听黑人和BIPOC的声音。我一个人,能够以前所未有的方式谈论黑人'重要的是要利用这种能量推动我们前进,进入一个让我们开放并为我们各个领域的文化和遗产感到自豪的空间。 

以下是在工作中拥抱您的文化的最重要的技巧:

  1. 使用您选择的名字

许多黑人和BIPOC人将使用西方人不熟悉的名字。我的名字很不寻常,因此尽管这让我感到与众不同,但由于其发音方式不同,可能会引起问题。’s(La-donya)的拼写。结果,我总是很小心地解释发音。我记得以前的一位经理在发现我的名字困难时给了我一个不请自来的绰号。结果,我在那个组织中以不希望被称为的名字而闻名。现在我’在年龄更大,更明智的时候,我不会再发生这种情况。请注意确保其他人知道如何发音您的名字,并且不允许将您不习惯的昵称仅用于容纳其他人。

 

  1. 分享你真实的自我

When I first entered the working world, I was not sure how to merge my cultural identity with 专业的 and felt uncomfortable sharing aspects of my personal life that involved cultural references. I remember once speaking to a colleague who disclosed that even though she preferred to use chopsticks she chose to discard them when eating in the work canteen due to fear of judgement. Examples such as these hail from internalised racism within people of colour due to a subconscious belief that to be taken seriously, we must keep proximity to white/western-ness. These days, I embrace my culture in all settings secure in the knowledge that my background is an integral part of what makes me the practitioner I am today.

 

  1. 骄傲地戴上头发

许多自然的发型,例如玉米角,辫子和霜冻’仍然被认为是不专业的。头发歧视现象猖ife,导致许多黑人和女性改变头发以适应同质‘professional’ mould.  I remember a friend who applied for one graduate job after another and as soon as he cut his afro, he received an offer. Black employees have been told to straighten, alter, and change their hair at work and this continues to occur as there is no law in the UK specifically related to hair discrimination. Changes, of course, need to be made from a top-down perspective, but we also need to feel secure in our own hair choices. I would encourage black 专业的s to style their hair in a way that aligns with them. Additionally, if you feel discriminated against or categorised due to your appearance it is important to speak out and get in touch with HR.

 

As daunting as it can be to embrace ourselves in our entirety it is important to know that we can still be 专业的 whilst honouring our lineage. Let us move into the next stage of cultural awareness by bringing our whole selves to the table.


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