DEBI TOOLS & RESOURCES
This resource bibliography for wine country businesses was created by the WVWA’s Diversity, Equity, Belonging and Inclusion (DEBI) Task Force. Suggestions/submissions? Email us!
Have you looked at the online resources in the DEBI toolkit and thought “where do I even start?” Herein, we share our DEBI history, in addition to a handy Glossary of Terms, indexed articles, videos, essays, books, movies documentary and more, that have informed our journey!
In 2019 the WVWA formed a Diversity, Equity, Belonging and Inclusion (DEBI) task force with the stated goal to advocate for belonging through the creation of diverse, inclusive, and equitable opportunities for our members, trade, and consumer audiences. Since then, our DEBI Task Force, in collaboration with consultants at Diamond Strategies, have developed this Equity Tool Kit, and a pledge that includes actionable and accountable steps signatory wineries have agreed to take toward inclusivity and equity in the workplace and beyond.
As an organization, we have bolstered our resolve and affirmed Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “fierce urgency of now.” While we know that achieving systemic equity—embedding DEBI into WVWA's organizational DNA—is a long-distance run, we are sprinting toward things we can reach quickly: difficult dialogues, training, coaching, stakeholder counsel, and the creation of an actionable DEBI strategic plan. WVWA exists to serve its peers and meet the needs of our industry and nation, and to do this well, we must first understand, serve, and meet the needs of each other. This Tool Kit is but one aspect of a comprehensive effort to become an exemplar of DEBI.
READ OUR JOINT STATEMENT WITH THE OREGON WINE BOARD AND OTHER LOCAL WINE ASSOCIATIONS REGARDING INCLUSION AND DIVERSITY IN OREGON.
DEBI RESOURCES AND RECOMMENDED READING
As a great place to start, we recommend reviewing the terminology and associated definitions currently being utilized in diversity conversations and strategic work.
DOWNLOAD GLOSSARY OF TERMS
Additionally, if you have been meaning to dive-in to this learning but are running short on time, here are a few resources you can digest in increments of 10 minutes or less.
Association of African American Vintners
Diversity in Food and Beverage
Racial Equity Resources from College Consensus
Local NAACP chapters also provide resources for organizations and non-profits to use; PDX NAACP here
Equity at the Table (EATT) Primarily restaurant-focused, but there is a segment for vintners and wine professionals as well
NPR's Guide to LGBTQIA / Gender Identity Terms
NPR's 4 Ways To Make Your Workplace Equitable For Trans People
Articles and Blog Posts
103 Things White People Can Do For Racial Justice
Does The Wine Industry Have A Racism Problem?
The Racist History of Portland, The Whitest City in America
When Feminism is White Supremacy in Heels
Your Wine Glass Ceiling is My Wine Glass Box: An Open Letter to Karen MacNeil and the Wine Industry
Being Black In The White World of Wine
When White Women Cry: How White Women’s Tears Oppress Women of Color
Lesson of a Lifetime: Jane Elliot
White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack
What is an Anti-Racist Reading List For? (good accompaniment to White Fragility)
What This Wave of Anti-Asian Violence Reveals About America
What It Means To Be Gender-Fluid
Strong Opinions Loosely Held: Why Are White People So Bad At Talking About Race?
MTV Decoded: Why Racism Isn’t Just a Southern Problem
Be a Super Ally! (Video series on responding to racism, for kids)
INTERESTED IN A DEEPER DIVE?
Here are a few longer-form programs, podcasts and articles.
The Possessive Investment in Whiteness: Racialized Social Democracy and the "White" Problem in American Studies
Reflections on the History of White Supremacy in the United States
The Emotional Lives of White People
Hawaii is Not the Multicultural Paradise Some Say It Is
To Dismantle Anti-Asian Racism, We Must Understand Its Roots
Scene on Radio episodes:
1619, a Podcast From The New York Times
Disgorgeous Podcast Episode 114: Representation Matters Part 2
Smartest Person in the Room Episode 30 Bias Series: Well-Meaning White People
On Being with Krista Tippet: "‘Notice the Rage; Notice the Silence" with Resmaa Menakem
On Being with Krista Tippet: Robin DiAngelo and Resmaa Menakem In Conversation
On Being with Krista Tippet: Coconut Oil with Roshni Goyate
Wine Sisters Vlogcast: Cheers to Change, Diversity and Inclusion
Out & Equal: Virtual Offerings (for employers working toward a more LGBTQIA-friendly workplace)
Densho Curriculum Guide: Examining Racism and Discrimination Through Oral History
High on the Hog: How African-American Cuisine Transformed America
Julia Coney on Black Lives Matter and the wine industry: https://www.instagram.com/p/CA9FSONpWvT/ and https://www.instagram.com/p/CA9IzQdpIWv/
Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture: Talking About Race
Black Art: in the Absence of Light
Red White and Black: The Oregon Wine Story
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
Black-Owned Wineries to Support
Black-Owned Businesses (beyond wine industry)
Travel Portland Guide to Black-Owned Businesses
WANT TO BE MORE REGULARLY INFORMED?
Follow these accounts, organizations and publications.
Wine Professionals of Color to Follow on Instagram
@juliaconey and @blackwineprofessionals
67 Black-Owned Wineries on Instagram
Organizations Working on Racial Justice
For reference: Black Lives Matter–vetted “how to help” carrd: https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/
https://www.showingupforracialjustice.org/ (also maintains this list of black-led orgs)
Portland African-American Leadership Forum
Strong suggestions of where to donate in this piece from The Cut
Project Unity "Together We Dine" Virtual Series
Leaders of American Association of African American Vintners Discuss Building a Diverse Wine Industry
Anti-Racism Daily e-Newsletter
Training series from Hollaback in partnership with Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC), including bystander intervention training and harassment response specifically as regards to Anti-Asian/American and xenophobic harassment:
- Bystander Intervention to Stop Anti-Asian/American and Xenophobic Harassment Training
- Bystander Intervention 2.0: Conflict De-Escalation Training
- How to Respond to Harassment for People Experiencing Anti-Asian/American Harassment Training
WVWA DEBI Book Club
We are excited to announce the launch of the WVWA Diversity, Equity, Belonging and Inclusion (DEBI) Book Club. In this online community fostered by the WVWA DEBI Task Force, WVWA members will connect with each other and enjoy books from a range of genres. Our first book will be How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi. Join the book club.
Third Eye Books White Accomplice Collection
WANT TO DISCUSS AND LEARN IN COMMUNITY?
Consider signing up for one of our month-long Anti-Racism study groups, lay-led by members of the Willamette Valley Winery Association community.
Contact Annie Shull with questions or to volunteer to moderate a discussion group.
WANT TO GET INVOLVED AS A LEADER?
The Diversity, Equity, Belonging, and Inclusion taskforce may be in need of help to continue offering trainings, internship support, and other resources to assist in the ongoing evolution of the WVWA community to be more welcoming and inclusive. Contact Bill Sweat or Jessica Mozeico to find out where you are needed.
MESSAGING SUGGESTIONS FOR WINE COUNTRY BUSINESSES
Keep in mind…
- Racism is not new and systemic inequalities have always existed in the United States (especially in Oregon)
- People of color have been trying to draw attention to these problems for a very long time
- The bar (not being racist) is very low; simply declaring that you are not racist is not a PR tactic
- Don’t post anything on which you can’t follow through: ask yourself if what you are saying is actionable, and if you were asked about it six months from now, what you would have to show for it?