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.
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.
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
Articles and Blog Posts
INTERESTED IN A DEEPER DIVE?
Here are a few longer-form programs, podcasts and articles.
Scene on Radio episodes:
Black-Owned Wineries to Support
Black-Owned Businesses (beyond wine industry)
WANT TO BE MORE REGULARLY INFORMED?
Follow these accounts, organizations and publications.
Wine Professionals of Color to Follow on Instagram
Organizations Working on Racial Justice
For reference: Black Lives Matter–vetted “how to help” carrd: https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/
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.
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.
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?