• Born on Third Base

      Wrich, James T. (1998-11-10)
      The purpose of this article is to encourage EAPs to accept the challenge of addressing the issue of diversity since fighting for those whom the mainstream would leave out was what this field was founded on when it addressed employee alcoholism thirty years ago.
    • Born on Third Base

      Wrich, James T. (1998-11-10)
      In believing that there is an equal playing field for all races and genders in this country, it fails to recognize the importance of the one indispensable asset which more than any other paved the way for my friend and me -- White Male Privilege. Along with most of my White brothers, I was born on third base in the ball game of opportunity while sixty percent of the population has to fight like hell to even get into the ball park. Whether times were good or bad, my gender and skin pigment made everything easier for me than for my sisters of all descriptions and my brothers of color. And being tall didn’t hurt, either. Without these characteristics, little that I have achieved would have been possible. Especially in the workplace.
    • Creating space for difficult conversations

      Perspectives, 2020
      Conversations around diversity and inclusion have been happening in and around workplaces for years. Starting conversations on racism, discrimination, and how your coworkers feel about how they are being treated can be challenging and uncomfortable-- but they are necessary. If your employees do not feel safe, they will most likely not share their true experiences and feelings. Whether you are a leader or a colleague, consider how your actions could lead someone to believe you are insensitive to their struggles. An employee or coworker not expressing their feelings and fears does not mean they do not exist.
    • U.S. Businesses Must Take Meaningful Action Against Racism

      Roberts, Laura Morgan; Washington, Ella F. (Harvard Business Review, 2020-06-01)
      More than one pandemic is affecting the lives of people in the United States. While COVID-19 is one issue, racism is another. This article provides guidance on missteps to avoid when addressing inclusion in the workplace, as well as a framework of ways for companies to take meaningful action to show greater compassion for and better support marginalized workers.
    • "We Need to Talk"

      Boissonneault, Daniel (2020-06-05)
      This letter was written by EAPA-CT (Connecticut) Chapter President, Dan Boissonneault, in response to the recent racial protesting in the U.S. after the murder of Mr. George Floyd. In this brief, but powerful letter, Mr. Boissonneault challenges EAPs to do more to influence change in the workplaces that we support as we help work organizations respond to racial injustice and promote healing.
    • What can I do to help?

      Perspectives, 2020
      As you are navigating your own response to the global and domestic unrest, remember that it’s hard for anyone to have the “right” answers or know what to say. Most of us feel out of control of our lives, fearful for our own safety and the safety of the people we care about and scared of impending changes to the world. For some, this anxiety over the future can be emotionally draining while for others it can spark frustration or rage. Instead of feeling helpless, here are some of our suggestions for how to be an active part of what’s going on, while maintaining your safety.