Project Management Institute

Focus on Racism

Acknowledging the injustices that so often plague our communities and in light of recent events, PMI identifies with the global call to action for consciousness and activism. PMI responded by accelerating the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion initiative as a top priority and determined that we will initially focus on racism and unconscious bias. 

We realize that a society plagued by racism and unconscious biases is not one that provides each individual with the resources, access, environment and protections needed to live their best life. And if individuals are prevented from thriving, projects, programs, portfolios and entire institutions have no chance of achieving their goals. Because of this, we turn our attention first to the issue of racism and encourage you to undertake this work with us, wherever in the world you are located. We encourage you to use these resources below to learn and help make a change within your community. To get started, simply scroll down and choose from a variety of featured resources. 

Remember - We are One Team with One Song and One Dance, and we must all work together to build a more fair and just society. 

Did we miss something? If you recently discovered a great resource that you have found helpful, we would love to share it! Please feel free to send us an email to Diversity@pmi.org to submit links to any videos, articles, etc. you would like to share.

Resources

“How to Be an Antiracist – Unlocking Us with Brene Brown
  • Ibram X. Kendi, New York Times bestselling author of How to Be an Antiracist and the Director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University, discusses racial disparities, policy, equity — overall, how to be an anti-racist. He provides a groundbreaking approach to understanding uprooting racism and inequality in our society and in ourselves.
How racism makes us sick – David R. Williams
  • Why does race matter so profoundly for health? David R. Williams developed a scale to measure the impact of discrimination on well-being, going beyond traditional measures like income and education to reveal how factors like implicit bias, residential segregation and negative stereotypes create and sustain inequality. In this eye-opening talk, Williams presents evidence for how racism is producing a rigged system -- and offers hopeful examples of programs across the US that are working to dismantle discrimination.
From the UN - Real-Life Stories of Racism Around the World - United Nations "Let's Fight Racism" effort
  • Racial inequality told through global real-life experiences.
Do Better Together: How Leaders Can Support Social Change and Inclusion - Development Dimensions International
  • This on-demand webinar addressed systemic racism. Registration required.
How to Deconstruct Racism One Headline at a Time – Baratunde Thurston TED Talk
  • Baratunde Thurston explores the phenomenon of white Americans calling the police on black Americans who have committed the crimes of eating, walking or generally "living while black." In this profound, thought-provoking and often hilarious talk, he reveals the power of language to change stories of trauma into stories of healing -- while challenging us all to level up.
What it Takes to be Racially Literate – Priya Vulchi and Winona Guo
  • Over the last year, Priya Vulchi and Winona Guo traveled to all 50 US states, collecting personal stories about race and intersectionality. Now they're on a mission to equip every American with the tools to understand, navigate and improve a world structured by racial division. In a dynamic talk, Vulchi and Guo pair the personal stories they've collected with research and statistics to reveal two fundamental gaps in our racial literacy -- and how we can overcome them.
I interrupted a racist joke – Paul Scanlon
  • An appeal to speak up.