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Identity Needs Representation to Thrive – Guest Post by Rev. Tracy Kronzak

NameCoach Guest Blog - By Rev. Tracy Kronzak, Strategic Platform Advisor, Now It Matters Tom Black, Chief Innovation Officer at Paradigm, made a recent guest blog post in the NameCoach that pulled at my heartstrings. In it, he writes of deep truths regarding who we are as connected to our life experiences and identities. He asserts the importance of names and pronunciation as foundational for truly including a person [...]

2020-10-06T03:05:16+00:00October 2nd, 2020|Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, and Belonging|

Say their names.

To support efforts to raise awareness of racial injustice, NameCoach is providing full name audio files for a partial list of Black Americans killed by police.  It is intended to support those who are encouraging the public to hear and say these names, to help recognize their humanity and memorialize them. It is also intended to support the correct pronunciation of these names in national discourse. The names [...]

2020-07-10T06:54:25+00:00July 7th, 2020|Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, and Belonging|

More than Platitudes: Equality, Humanization, and American Independence

For many, this Independence Day has a renewed sense of meaning.  As we celebrate the founding of this country, we remind ourselves not just that America declared independence, but did so in a way that invited the world to affirm the core principle underlying that declaration:  that all people are created equal, and consequently have an inalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It’s easy [...]

2020-07-12T04:20:48+00:00July 4th, 2020|Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, and Belonging|

Reflections on the #SpeakingMyName Summit and the Need for Societal Change

On June 16th, the SPEAK Mentorship organization hosted the #SpeakingMyName campaign, which invited people to post videos about their names, pronunciation, identity, and backgrounds.  Our team at NameCoach was thrilled to support the campaign, and I was honored to participate as a panelist in the #SpeakingMyName Summit, alongside students, educators, business and nonprofit leaders, and elected officials. Many important perspectives and stories were voiced - borne of personal [...]

Seeking Social Justice One Name at a Time – Guest Post by Tom Black

NameCoach Guest Blog - By Tom Black, Assistant Vice Provost, Johns Hopkins University The pursuit of social justice is on everyone’s mind these days.  Mostly it is thought about in the context of destroying systematic cultural and economic practices that were intended to advantage select individuals within our society.  These practices are and have been unfair and inequitable, and we are now grappling with how to change them, [...]

2020-07-08T04:28:15+00:00June 23rd, 2020|Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, and Belonging|

Salesforce.org Demo Jam Winner

NameCoach, Salesforce’s only solution for accurate name pronunciations, was selected as the winner of the 2019 October Salesforce.org Demo Jam. Demo Jam is a competition between 4-7 companies who showcase their Salesforce App in a short 3-minute demo, without slides. At the end of the demos, the winner is selected by the AEs, SEs, and the rest of the Salesforce folks on Demo Jam “Of all the tech [...]

2020-07-05T23:40:01+00:00November 17th, 2019|Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, and Belonging|

Inclusion by the Numbers in CSU-Northridge Classrooms

Institutions committed to improving diversity & inclusion have always faced an interesting challenge. As efforts to promote diversity grow increasingly and measurably successful, the need to create inclusive environments for those diverse populations becomes more acute. How do we even start to measure progress towards that goal? Below is a snapshot of NameCoach usage at California State University, Northridge, as students and teachers met each other during the first [...]

Belonging, Student Success, and Persistence: the Simple Power of Names

In a previous post, we learned how the Xavier University Center for Teaching Excellence has deployed NameCoach to help address the most important element in student success: sense of belonging. “According to Terrell Strayhorn (2012), the number one key to student success in college pertains to the concept of belonging. A basic human need, students’ sense of belonging has been associated with positive outcomes in college, including academic [...]

Freezing Summer Melt

As colleges gear up to enroll a whole new class of excited students, we start thinking about how to combat the thorny phenomenon of “summer melt”: college-intending students who take a step towards enrollment - such as accepting admission or putting down a deposit - but don’t show up. According to research by Lindsay Page et al., published by Harvard’s Center for Education Policy Research, between 10% and [...]