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Community and Diversity

When behaviors or words get outed for their insensitivity,
be the person who readily adopts new behaviors and terms.
George Floyd and Breonna Taylor proved that. When we
allow injustice to persist, everyone will feel it, and it will
tear us apart.
If you want to be a committed ally, it will require
big actions and little ones. You could change policies
that unfairly, and often unintentionally, place people of
color, women, the LGBTQ+ community, and individuals
with disabilities at a disadvantage. How flexible is

your family leave policy? Do you have unisex or allgender bathrooms? Does your organization equate
relevant work experience to education requirements
on job descriptions? Do you have ample professional
development opportunities so you can take a chance on
talented individuals who, because of systemic inequities,
do not tick the traditional boxes? There are a lot of big
actions organizations can take to exhibit a work culture
that tells disenfranchised individuals, "You belong here."
The small actions are just as important. When
behaviors or words get outed for their insensitivity, be
the person who readily adopts new behaviors and terms.
Because when you don't, you are telling people that
convenience and habits are more important than the
pain someone else feels from insensitive and outdated
remarks. You can't change the game if you're unwilling to
let someone else help write the rules. Being an ally means
that you are willing to prioritize others' experience over
yours to combat an injustice. We can all do that.
As a Latinx fundraiser, I can't tell you what I expect
to be different once I fully see myself reflected in
mainstream or workplace cultures at-large. But I do
know this: When I watched the movie "Coco," I watched
the entire thing with a lump in my throat and tears in my
eyes. I saw myself in a mainstream Pixar movie-not as a
gang member, not evading "la migra," but me-and I didn't
realize how much that would mean to me until it finally
happened. I felt like I belonged.

Marco A. Corona is the chief
development officer at One80
Place, which ends and prevents
homelessness in South Carolina. He
was born and raised in Los Angeles,
California, attending UCLA before
embarking on a career in nonprofits.
While in California, he worked for
Best Buddies International, the Level Playing Field Institute
(now SMASH), and the Jamestown Community Center. In
addition, he is a graduate of Leadership Charleston (class of
2017), immediate past president of the AFP SC, Lowcountry
Chapter, and the current chair of AFP Global's Inclusion,
Diversity, Equity and Access Committee.
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