Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Resources
DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION RESOURCES
At the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, we have been on an intentional journey to assess how our organization can champion diversity, equity, and inclusion as values for the Anchorage business community and city at-large. On this page, we’ve curated resources that we have found helpful in this work for ourselves as individuals, for our organization, and for our membership.
We hope the following resources will offer inspiration and guidance about how to embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion as fundamental values – and how to make sure these values are reflected in the operations and activities of your business.
5 DEI Steps You Can Start Today!
Positive. Meaningful. Growth
Your employees may be struggling, and it may be uncomfortable to have a conversation with them about racism and equity. We will not become more comfortable having conversations about race if we aren’t willing to be uncomfortable in the process. If needed, consider bringing in external facilitators or consultants to support the conversation.
Talking about Race
So You Want to Talk About Race
Race Matters: How to Talk Effectively About Race
Offer to buy each staff member a book on a topic related to racial inequity. Hold periodic meetings for staff to discuss and exchange the books, ideas, and resources they have discovered and encourage self-education on DEI topics.
The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America
How To Be An Antiracist
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism
Do the work: an anti-racist reading list
Training will not solve systemic racism, but it is a start to creating a culture that supports equity and inclusion. Topics might include implicit bias, microaggressions, lessons on historic policies that have contributed to current inequities, or other topics. Connect with the local NAACP, United Way, and other community partners for training recommendations specific to your community and to support their work in DEI.
Racial Equity Tools
Racial Equity Tools is designed to support individuals and groups working to achieve racial equity. This site offers tools, research, tips, curricula and ideas for people who want to increase their own understanding and to help those working toward justice at every level -- in systems, organizations, communities and the culture at large.
Racial Equity Institute
6 Steps for Building an Inclusive Workplace
The business world isn’t perfect, and some companies have been on the wrong side of history when it comes to issues of equity, inclusion, and historic events. In order to move forward, we must be honest about our mistakes and reconcile that with our desire to be better moving forward.
Businesses are natural conveners and leaders, but you don’t have to be at the center of every conversation. Identify community partners and others who are already embedded in this work, and ask them how the chamber can best support their efforts. It’s never too late to start conversations with organizations like the NAACP, Urban League, United Way, faith-based organizations, minority business owners, elected officials, and more.
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Try following hashtags on Instagram to discover new brands, creators and influencers. Some of their favorites are #BlackLivesMatter and #FemaleEntrepreneur.
The Anchorage Chamber of Commerce and our network of Chambers across the country recognize the importance of a diverse community, workforce, and workplace.
Annual update on the diversity composition of the Anchorage Chamber's Board of Directors and membership.
Equality of Opportunity Initiative Closing America’s Opportunity Gaps
Businesses are increasingly playing a broader role in helping Americans navigate the dramatic shifts communities are experiencing across the country. Business leaders can see the opportunity change brings, and they increasingly recognize that there is a strong economic case for embracing our country’s growing diversity.
The dramatic and unpredictable technological, demographic and economic changes we have experienced in recent decades have become the new norm for the foreseeable future. The COVID-19 pandemic and increased focus on racial inequities have underscored the need for organizations to focus on diversity, equity and inclusion. Businesses and communities throughout America will continue to face uncertainty and change.
Companies and the communities they serve will benefit by recognizing, understanding and adopting strategies that further equitable and inclusive economic growth with a focus on addressing racial inequities. Getting there will require business leaders to become civic leaders, often by forming new partnerships and acting as allies.
There is a rising imperative to advance equity and inclusion for marginalized communities, and it has become a central concern for economists seeking to promote prosperity. Below are resources on the business and economic case for the advancement of DEI.
U.S. Department of Labor
OPM's Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Independent Workers: Alaska’s Emerging Workforce
Racial Equity Resource Center
Center for Economic Development
Women and entrepreneurship in Alaska.READ MORE
Business Case for Racial Equity
All work on diversity, equity, and inclusion must start internally. For businesses to be seen as credible in this space, they need to look internally at their own staff and board. Companies can take a variety of actions to focus on internal DEI, from providing training to evaluating policies and procedures. Business leaders should consider the best path forward for both staff and the board and how DEI can be integrated into all aspects of the organization. Businesses should also consider the role their organizational culture plays in attracting and retaining more diverse staff members and creating an inclusive workplace.
As the decision-making body at the highest level of organizational leadership, boards play a critical role in creating an company that prioritizes, supports, and invests in diversity, inclusion, and equity. Board of directors are instrumental in the creation and implementation of the company's mission and initiatives and can be intentionally designed to empower and entrust a diverse representation of the leaders with its most important decisions.
Meaningful Metrics for Diversity and Inclusion
A clear outline that organizations can implement with eight steps to set meaningful diversity and inclusion metrics, by Felicity Menzies
Insights from 1,274 established small businesses across place, race, and ethnicity.
Seattle Human Service Coalition
Tools to identify and eliminate institutional racism in an organization.
Offers insights, best practices and case studies on diversity and inclusion management.
Public Relations Society of America
Diversity and inclusion tool kit.
How to Design for Real Inclusion
Article by Valerie Purdie Greenaway and Martin N. Davidson from the SHRM HR People + Strategy Blog.
Implementing the Rooney Rule and Mansfield Rule 2.0
Consider a diverse slate of candidates for the following roles, committees, and leadership activities.
Beyond Political Correctness: Building a Diverse and Inclusive Board
Three strategies to assist boards in embracing and integrating diversity and an inclusive environment.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Nonprofit Bylaws
A blog post by NEO Law Group that considers where and how DEI principles might be incorporated into board bylaws.
Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity
Highlighted research, articles, and resources curated by BoardSource that reflect some of the best thinking and practical advice to boards on diversity, inclusion, and equity – and the relationship between the three – across the social sector (and beyond).
Businesses can choose from a wide array of options to support diversity, equity and inclusion in their company and community. Some organizations choose to focus on ways to support historically disenfranchised employees through employee resource groups or DEI training programs. Others plan programming that gives their employees and the broader community a chance to have conversations or learn more about diversity, equity and inclusion topics. It may also be helpful to consider how working with other business and community partners might enhance an organization's programmatic work on DEI. Even small steps can be valuable in the long run.
Meeting in a Box
Minority Business Development Agency
Diversity at BDO *Member Highlight*
Racial Equity Legislation Tracker
A resource by LexisNexis and State Net featuring an interactive map that lists federal, state, and local legislative and regulatory information and provides a full text report for each measure.
MEI 2019: See Your City’s Score
HRC's Municipal Equality Index (MEI) demonstrates the ways that many cities can—and do—support the LGBTQ people who live and work there, even where states and the federal government have failed to do so.