There are all kinds of ways you can educate yourself
Wondering where to start learning more about groups outside your own? Our affinity groups have some recommendations for TV shows, movies, podcasts, books, articles and social media accounts you can check out.
“Race isn’t a social construct. It’s an ad campaign”
by Michael Hagos
How to Be an Antiracist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
Brilliant and highly readable discussion of how simply being “not racist” isn’t enough
Caste by Isabel Wilkerson
Fascinating and horrifying portrait of America’s caste system—the rigid hierarchy that goes beyond race and class
DISABILITY VISIBILITY PROJECT
An online community dedicated to disability media and culture
Code Switch (NPR)
Approaches tough conversations in the news and culture with honesty, humor and compassion
The 1619 Project (Interactive articles and Podcast)
Reframes U.S. history by placing the consequences of slavery and contributions of Black Americans at the center
Omnicom Conversation Series
Session 1: A Conversation with the OPEN Leadership Team
Cultural Competence in a Virtual Workplace Series by The 4As and Natasha Bowman
A community of creative professionals with a mission of helping people rise up and reach back
Bystander intervention training and resources for stopping harassment
Parenting in Adland
What it’s really like for moms and dads in advertising and how agencies can support them
GSD&M’s Black Employee Resource Group recommends:
Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019 by Ibram X. Kendi by George Takei, Justin Eisinger and Steven Scott
A chorus of extraordinary voices tell one of history’s great epics: the 400-year journey of African Americans.
Black Magic: What Black Leaders Learned from Trauma and Triumph by Chad Sanders
A powerful exploration of Black achievement in a White world based on honest, provocative, and moving interviews
Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad
Leads readers to understand their White privilege so they can stop (often unconsciously) inflicting damage
Bringing uncomfortable conversations about diversity and inclusion at work to the forefront, so everyone can join
Weekly guide to the news through lenses that are too often neglected (but so real): gender, race, ability and more
On One With Angela Rye
The most honest answers to the pressing political, racial and pop culture questions of the day
Will Smith hosts this look at the evolving, often lethal fight for equal rights in America through the lens of the U.S. Constitution’s 14th Amendment.
Judas and the Black Messiah
Historical drama about the charismatic Black Panther leader Fred Hampton and the informer who betrayed him
Curator of The Great Unlearn, a learning collective, committed to curiosity for what is possible in the world
Check Your Privilege
Myisha T. Hill founded this guided journey that deepens your awareness of how your actions affect the mental health of Black, Brown, Indigenous, people of color.
Strong Black Lead
A group of Black executives at Netflix publicize and promote Black talent and creators.
The Burns Group
500 Black Americans respond to “How are you represented in advertising (if at all)?”
“We need to talk about how media and creatives portray Black people”
by Isis Dallis
Your Black Friends are Busy
An app for educating yourself about anti-racism and supporting the Black Lives Matter movement
GSD&M’s LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group recommends:
Here for It: Or, How to Save Your Soul in America by R. Eric Thomas
Essays examine what it means to be an “other.”
Save Yourself by Cameron Esposito
Tackles sexuality, gender, equality and how a Catholic upbringing prepared her to be an outspoken lesbian comedian
Becoming a Man: The Story of a Transition by P. Carl
P. Carl’s journey in becoming the man he always knew himself to be after living 50 years as a girl and a queer woman
Bringing uncomfortable conversations about diversity and inclusion at work to the forefront, so everyone can join
Activists and educators answer questions and analyze current events focused on nonbinary, trans and queer folks.
Making Gay History
The oral history of those on the frontlines of the LGBTQ movement from 1945-1990
Hilarious, award-winning and refreshing in its depiction of gay characters who don’t struggle for acceptance.
Visible: Out on Television
Archival footage and interviews explore the history of the LGBTQ+ movement through the lens of American TV.
Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen
A documentary film featuring transgender creators discussing representation in Hollywood.
Prominent Jewish-Chinese YouTuber and actor who shares his experiences being transgender, deaf and genderqueer
Emmy award-winning screenwriter/producer/actress.
Dr. Eric Cervini
New York Times best-selling author of The Deviant’s War and historian of LGBTQ+ civil rights, politics and culture
LGBTQ Marketing and Advertising: Best Practices
GSD&M’s Women’s Employee Resource Group recommends:
We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
A new, more inclusive feminism for our times (Don’t feel like reading? Watch the TED talk.)
Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot by Mikki Kendall
A call for feminism needs to better examine how race, class, sexual orientation and ability intersect with gender
The Future Is Feminist: Radical, Funny and Inspiring Writing by Women by Mallory Farrugia (Editor), Jessica Valenti (Introduction)
Iconic women on what it means to be a feminist yesterday, today and tomorrow
Two of America’s leading activists, Alicia Garza and Ai-jen Poo, talk to their friends and sheroes about how women stay powerful and joyful amidst the chaos of life in America today.
Two journalistically trained, research-addicted feminists talk all things gender.
Stuff Mom Never Told You
Totally engaging research-based discussion around feminism and how it impacts everyday life
A look at the opposing forces around the story of the movement to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment
The Handmaid’s Tale
In a dystopian post-democratic America, women have to fight to have ownership over their bodies and lives.
I May Destroy You
A woman deals with discovering that the previous night she’d been drugged and possibly raped at a bar.
Funny and pointed commentary about advertising life
Accelerating the women’s movement through stories of real-life experiences
Dedicated to bringing more women and people of color into creative leadership because it makes the idea better
GSD&M’s Jewish Affinity Group recommends:
(((Semitism))): Being Jewish in America in the Age of Trump by Jonathan Weisman
New York Times editor explores the rise of the Alt Right in history and how we can fight back against anti-Semitism.
What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank by Nathan Englander
Short stories steeped in Jewish culture and history that tackle questions of morality and history
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
Two young Jewish men pursue their dreams in NYC’s comic book industry at the advent of WWII and the Holocaust.
Explores and celebrates the various backgrounds, experiences and intersectionalities within the Jewish community
Can We Talk?
Stories and conversations about Jewish women and the issues that shape their public and private lives
News topics and stories related to Yiddish language, culture and history
A Black detective infiltrates the KKK with help from a Jewish coworker, who must consider his own white privilege.
This comedy is based loosely on the real-life experiences of show creator Adam F. Goldberg’s 1980s childhood.
Curb Your Enthusiasm
While his character can be outlandish, Larry David is a Jewish icon. His heritage is woven throughout the series.
Jewish feminist publication
Writer and community organizer in NYC
GSD&M’s Latino/Hispanic Employee Resource Group
Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America by Juan Gonzalez
A sweeping history of the Hispanic/Latino experience in America
Retablos: Stories from a Life Lived Along the Border by Octavio Solis
Gorgeously written vignettes about the events, traumas and transformations that filled Solis’s childhood in El Paso
My Time Among the Whites: Notes from an Unfinished Education by Jennine Capó Crucet
Sharp, candid essays explore a first-generation American feeling like a stranger in the country where she was born.
Latina to Latina
Alicia Menendez interviews remarkable Latinas about making it, faking it and everything in between.
NPR dives deep into the current and emerging cultural, political and social ideas that impact Latinos.
NPR spotlights the best of Latinx arts and culture through music, stories and conversation.
Alisa Valdes Rodriguez’ The Latino Myth
This TEDx talk discusses how American Latinos aren’t monolithic in culture, food, history, appearance or music.
John Leguizamo’s Latin History for Morons
Don’t love saying “morons,” but this comedy special uses humor and history to show that Latinos are not a monolith.
The Morales family tries to save their beloved taco shop in the rapidly gentrifying Boyle Heights neighborhood.
A funny, smart and in-depth look at the myriad identities under the Latinx umbrella
Leading digital media company representing the Latino point of view among consumers 18–44
Their mission? Be the most progressive media brand that puts emerging Latin culture on the map.
Hispanic Marketing Council
Great resource for getting quick stats on the Hispanic market and the latest trend with this market
Adage Hispanic Marketing Website
Articles related to Hispanic marketing
GSD&M’s Disability Employee Resource Group recommends:
“Why Won’t Nike Use the Word Disabled to Promote Its New Go FlyEase Shoe?”
This article delves into problematic messaging in advertising.
“Disability Movies Aren’t What They Used to Be. That’s Good!”
Forbes article with specific examples of good and not-so-good portrayals of disabled people
A Disability History of the United States by Kim E. Nielsen
Casts new light on slavery, immigration and ableism in American democracy by centering people with disabilities
This NPR podcast highlights the stories of people with disabilities dedicated to making their state more accessible.
Disability Matters with Joyce Bender
This long-running podcast focuses on the employment and empowerment of people with disabilities.
Disability After Dark
“Disability, sexuality and everything else about the disability experience that we don’t talk about”
Groundbreaking summer camp galvanizes teens with disabilities to help build a movement for greater equality
Stand-up comedian who happens to have cerebral palsy. His latest special is called Broccoli.
Comedy series follows the challenges and triumphs of a gay man navigating the world with mild cerebral palsy.
Writer, educator and trainer for transformative justice and disability justice
A deaf graphic designer teaches hearing people the dos and don’ts of deaf etiquette in the workplace and beyond.
Best Practices for Portraying People with Disabilities in Advertising
Just like it sounds
Developed by The Disabled List, this website collects and analyzes disability representation in media.
GSD&M’s Asian Employee Resource Group recommends:
Graphic memoir of actor/author/activist George Takei’s childhood imprisoned in American internment camps during WWII
A bold, wry and intimate graphic memoir about American identity, interracial families and the realities that divide us
This three-part graphic novel explores the nuances of Asian-American identity.
A podcast for the modern day Asian American women hosted by Melody Cheng, Helen Wu, and Janet Wang.
A podcast about politics, culture and life through the eyes of two Asian-American grassroots organizers.
Los Angeles Times podcast about being Asian-American—the joys, the complications and everything in between
This award-winning film follows a Korean-American family who moves to Arkansas in search of their American dream.
Brooklyn-based writer, speaker, equity advisor and an Adweek x ADCOLOR’s 2020 Champions of Diversity and Inclusion
Emerging artists and filmmakers who like to tell stories—whether they’re funny, sad or thoughtful
Dedicated to ending caste apartheid, gender-based violence, Islamophobia, White supremacy and religious intolerance
“The Invisible Women” episode of Hear Us Roar
Soon Mee Kim, Omnicom PR Group’s Global DE&I Officer discusses the model minority myth and AAPI women feeling invisible
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