This is The After Party 💃
We’ve all heard this popular saying about diversity & inclusion:
Diversity is being invited to the party. Inclusion is being asked to dance.
Something about this phrase has always bugged me. What if I don’t want to dance? What is this party for?! Do I need to bring anything???
As you might’ve guessed, I’m not a huge fan of metaphors. They sound nice, but oftentimes, they don’t truly capture the heart of a concept – especially when it comes to complex and nuanced topics like diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).
Enter The After Party.
Let’s be real: No one really knows what they’re doing about diversity & inclusion (or in life, but that’s a different conversation). My goal with The After Party is to break inclusion down with simple, no-nonsense exploration, interviews, and other fun stuff. I’m on a mission to learn – and I hope you join me.
New to DEI?
DEI (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion) is an umbrella term that refers to the strategies, policies, practices, and mindsets that move a company towards creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace.
Here’s a selection of my favorite resources if you want to learn more about DEI:
Inclusion: Diversity, the New Workplace & the Will to Change by Jennifer Brown
Messengers: Who We Listen To, Who We Don’t, and Why by Stephen Martin & Joseph Marks
Anything by Lily Zheng
More to come!
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New to Me?
If you’re not one of my tens of friends, colleagues, or family members who have subscribed to this newsletter because I asked you to, then hello! Here’s a bit about me:
I’m Sophie, I’m a British-born, half Thai half Danish, freelance writer based in Amsterdam (I know, it’s a mouthful). In a previous life (literally six months ago), I worked in marketing – but I recently discovered a passion for all things DEI. In my free time, I like to read (currently The Authority Gap by Mary Ann Sieghart), watch Netflix (currently Kim’s Convenience), and pretend I exercise more than I do. Feel free to connect!
Invite Your Friends
Everyone is welcome at The After Party! If you like what you read, please invite your friends/family/colleagues to join in:
Your ally in lifelong learning,
p.s. My wonderful logo illustration was designed by Elizaveta Guba!
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