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In response to my post on the death of George Floyd, I have received a lot of feedback on the list of volunteer organizations that are focused on addressing diversity in the technology industry, and specifically, the field of Information Security. While all of the feedback has been very supportive and appreciative, many have commented that they simply didn’t know these organizations existed or how, as individuals, they could help in the long term.
Longtime readers know that I have written and spoken about diversity numerous times over the years. I have also collected a number of useful tools to not only educate myself but also to bake into my daily way of thinking. From “Hey guys” to “Good Morning Everyone”, or from “blacklist/whitelist” to “permit/deny lists”, are small, but important changes everyone can easily make.
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
courage to change the things I can,
and wisdom to know the difference.
While I was reading the feedback that post had garnered, it dawned on me that I had accumulated a nice little list of diversity resources that others could benefit from.
So, in holding myself accountable to my own call-to-action, I have dedicated a page to share all of the diversity-centric resources I have collected over the years. From How-To guides to sites that use lexiconic analysis of job postings to ensure they are bias-free, to awareness training tools, to volunteer organizations; the list has a variety of resources for both the enterprise and the individual.
While I know it’s not much, and it only reflects a small microcosm of the larger discussion occurring in our nation right now, I do hope it will help change our industry for the better in some small way.
As always, drop me a note via the Contact page with your thoughts, ideas, or additions to the list.
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