Diversity + Inclusion Resources

ONGOING LEARNING:

Join one of these newsletters and resources to keep your education going! You can also pay a monthly subscription on Patreon to support the creators.

The Great Unlearn by Rachel Cargle 
Rachel Cargle consistently puts out great resources and also has a free 30 day "do the work" course designed to be an eye-opener and a call to action for those who seek to be allies.
https://www.patreon.com/thegreatunlearn

Anti-Racism.Club by Jon Lewis 
Join this newsletter to receive a weekly edition of thoughtfully curated programming designed specifically for non-black allies.
https://www.patreon.com/antiracismclub

MLK50
Nonprofit newsroom in Memphis focused on poverty, power and public policy, led by Wendi C. Thomas.
https://mlk50.com/donate-to-mlk50-fb50b324bdde

LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS YOU CAN SUPPORT NOW:

You know what's even better than learning? Action! Donate directly to these local organizations supporting Memphians at this very moment.

Just City Memphis 
Pursuing a smaller, fairer, and more humane criminal justice system in Memphis by providing cash bail and other services. As of August 4th they've freed 170 people that would otherwise be trapped in jails that are a breeding ground for COVID, waiting for trials to restart.

PPE for BIPOC 
Providing free masks, hand sanitizer, and other personal protective equipment to minorities and the homeless in Memphis. They also have a comprehensive list of Memphis crisis resources in their bio.

The CLCTV 
Arts organization working to elevate black artists, empower black communities, and shift the culture of Memphis.

NAACP Memphis Chapter
Helping to ensure the educational, social, political, and economic equality of rights of all persons.

The MidSouth Peace and Justice Center 
Engaging, organizing, and mobilizing communities to realize social justice through nonviolent action.

WHERE TO FIND MINORITY CREATIVES TO HIRE:

READING LIST:

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis.

How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
Kendi weaves an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law, and science with his own personal story of awakening to antiracism. This is an essential work for anyone who wants to go beyond the awareness of racism to the next step: contributing to the formation of a just and equitable society.

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo
The New York Times best-selling book exploring the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality.

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
How do you tell your roommate her jokes are racist? Why did your sister-in-law take umbrage when you asked to touch her hair -- and how do you make it right? Ijeoma Oluo guides readers of all races through how to have honest conversations about race and racism, and how they infect almost every aspect of American life.

NOTABLE ARTICLES:

One Big Thing: 10 Myths About the Racial Wealth Gab

Unpaid Internships: Bad for Students, Bad for Workers, Bad for Society

What's the Difference Between Diversity and Inclusion?

Diversity in the Workplace, Benefits and Challenges

Web Accessibility Resources:

THE BASICS:

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) - The web accessibility bible. There's also a quick reference guide that can help you break it down faster.

The A11y Project - If WCAG is feeling a bit dense (because it is), try this checklist instead.

Reading About Accessibility:

A walk-through of the different lenses of accessibility - Accessibility is about more than the blind community, there's also mobility, vestibular and seizure disorders, and more to consider! This article outlines some of the different lenses you can view your site's accessibility through.

Why you should consider using "prefers reduced motion" for vestibular, seizure, and migraine disorders.

Website compliance guidelines in plain English - If you find yourself overwhelmed by the language of accessibility and ADA compliance, this is a good place to start.

A List Apart - Articles about everything from designing for cognitive differences to the intersection of accessibility and social justice.

A UX Copywriter's Guide to Accessibility - How to write clear, concise, and accessible copy for better UX.

Design for Real Life (Book) - Develop inclusive practices to create experiences that support a wider range of people, more of the time.

Accessibility for Everyone (Book) - Get sure footing on the path to designing with accessibility.

Tools for Evaluating Sites:

WAVE accessibility checker - This site is a suite of evaluation tools that helps authors make their web content more accessible to individuals with disabilities and can identify many accessibility and Web Content Accessibility Guideline (WCAG) errors.

Color contrast checker - Check your website to make sure it meets contrast ratio requirements.

Stark - A suite of integrated accessibility compliance tools for software teams to help designs bake in accessibility from the start of the design process.

tota11y - An accessibility visualization toolkit designed to make usability testing easier to understand

Usecontrast - A macOS app for quick access to WCAG color contrast ratios

Chrome Lighthouse - Web development tool that can quickly scan for issues with page load times and accessibility

No Coffee - Simulates how pages appear for people with various vision issues

Axe - Web accessibility Chrome plugin

Accessibility Plugins + Widgets for Websites:

(Be warned though, just installing an overlay plugin and calling it a day does NOT necessarily mean your website is accessible!)

https://userway.org/

https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-accessibility/