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|

The values we must affirm now more than ever

The events of the past weeks have weighed heavily on many of us.  I feel outrage, sorrow, and solidarity with Black Americans and minorities across the world who suffer deep injustice every day.  Black Lives Matter.  The freedom to live and breathe is inviolable.  Racism is intolerable.   The deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and so many others are sickening. Personally, they are a painful reminder [...] Demo Jam Winner

NameCoach, Salesforce’s only solution for accurate name pronunciations, was selected as the winner of the 2019 October 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|

Creating a Sense of Belonging in the California Community Colleges

Fresno City College is one of the many California community colleges that makes consistent efforts to create and maintain student equity on campus. Be it online, in-person or hybrid classes, they have successfully been creating an equitable environment for their racially and socio-economically diverse students coming from 45 different countries.  NameCoach was adopted at Fresno City College earlier this year as a way of strengthening their inclusion and [...]

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 [...]