This week, New Relic hosted BIPOC In Tech: Writing Your Own Script, a free event for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) in the engineering and tech community, and Allyship in Action, for those who identify as allies to the BIPOC community. We hosted these events because we believe that as a leader in the technology space, we have a responsibility to build a better, more inclusive community for the underrepresented engineers, developers, technical practitioners, and other professionals we serve.
After attending these events, which brought hundreds of attendees from across the technology industry, I hope we all feel more inspired and empowered to write our own scripts. Here are some things we can do to write our own scripts.
- Sharpen our internal fortitude. People will always have an opinion about what they think we are doing wrong. Determining which feedback to take or leave resonates with me personally.
- Forge our own lane and practice self-care. We can't let others write our scripts—if there’s no path, we need to make one. We also need to be kind to ourselves. We own our responses in those moments we are under attack, so we need to be able to step away and find peace and strength in those moments. That’s why I find it so important to have ways to re-energize whether it’s connecting with family or friends, stepping into nature, or doing something else that brings me joy.
- Draw strength from our past, present, and future. Our lives are deeply intertwined with the past, present, and future. We stand on the shoulders of our collective ancestors. They are my heroes, especially the matriarchs in my family. They paid the price for me to be where I'm at in the present. And, each day, we cast our visions of the future through our history, imagination, and dreams. This was so powerful that I’m still thinking about it.
- Surround ourselves with co-conspirators. Co-conspirators are those who actively stand up for us when we’re not in the room. It’s not about what people say, it’s about what they do. Actions are key.
BIPOC in Tech: Writing Your Own Script
Anti-racist economist and event host Kim Crayton led BIPOC attendees in an open discussion of advancing psychological safety in systems, institutions, and policies at scale. Kim hosted conversations with Arlan Hamilton, the founder and managing partner of Backstage Capital, Gabby Rivera, the first Latinx to write for Marvel Comics, and a panel of practitioners within the industry who shared their experiences working, struggling, and thriving as BIPOC professionals in tech.
BIPOC in Tech: Allyship in Action
Simma Lieberman and Fresh “Lev” White led a session for allies of the BIPOC Community, with the goal of leveling up their allyship game and becoming co-conspirators for change in a riveting, honest, and empowering series of discussions about moving from support to action.
This is only one of many steps New Relic is taking as part of our DE&I journey. To learn about New Relic and view open roles, visit newrelic.com/careers.
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