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Let's Chat About Psychological Safety in the Workplace

  • Posted Oct 29, 2021

Carmen Morgan and Dr. Zannie Voss join forces for an essential conversation that intertwines the latest research on the role that a culture of psychological safety and well-being plays for BIPOC and LGBTQ members of the arts and cultural workforce with the lived experiences of many in the field who have contended with a culture that stifles inclusion.


Reading Recommendation from Zannie Voss: The Fearless Organization by Amy C. Edmondson

In The Fearless Organization, author and professor of Harvard Business School Amy C. Edmondson defines psychological safety as "a belief that one will not be punished or humiliated for speaking up with ideas, questions, concerns, or mistakes." And this has been shown as a key factor in the overall health of an organization. Follow the link below to learn more about the concept of psychological safety in the workplace, take the Fearless Organization Scan to measure your own level of psychological safety, and find resources to start important conversations.

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Reading Recommendations from artEquity

Suggested reading material from the artEquity team and alumni community include The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander, Race Matters by Cornel West, An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, and several more.

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Black, Indigenous, People of Color Surviving Predominantly White Institutions Resources

Resources shared by the artEquity BIPOC/PWI team, staff, and series participants.

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When We Re-Open, Whom Will We Gather?

As performing arts organizations in the United States emerge from pandemic closures, SMU DataArts has released a new study to help these institutions address the question “When we re-open, whom will we gather?” and to take advantage of this time of reconnection to increase audience diversity. The study examines pre-pandemic audience diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) along the dimensions of race and income at 24 large performing arts organizations in the United States to provide a baseline of past trends and a roadmap for the future.

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The Alchemy of High-Performing Arts Organizations: A Spotlight on Organizations of Color

What lessons can we learn about relevance and resilience from high-performing arts organizations that primarily serve communities of color? This report, published in partnership with The Wallace Foundation, is based on research conducted during August and September of 2020 investigating the elements of successful strategies employed by high-performing arts organizations that primarily serve communities of color.

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About artEquity

Launched in 2015 as a national initiative, artEquity provides tools, resources, and training at the intersection of art and activism. With over 5,000 individuals trained, and a growing alumni community, artEquity is building a broad base of individuals and organizations who are strategically poised to create and sustain a culture of equity, inclusion, and justice through arts and culture.

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