Why knowledge is the first step in helping others, with guest Dereca Blackmon

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“I want to help. I just don’t know where to start.” Most people WANT to be a helpful ally, yet they feel confused and uncertain about where to start. I reached out to fellow LinkedIn Learning instructor, Dereca Blackmon, for advice on that first step in the right direction. Her response: Knowledge. Learn as much as you can about the community you want to be an ally to first.

Knowledge is the key that opens doors to understanding. There are many great resources available—from taking online courses, to reading books, to listening to podcasts—that offer valuable insight. I personally enjoyed Dereca’s course, “Inclusive Mindset for Committed Allies.” I highly recommend it as a starting point towards becoming a committed ally.

How have you found ways to offer a helping hand?


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