How to acknowledge hate crimes
Prepare a message to acknowledge a hate crime or
identity-related violence, clarify your organization’s values, and
provide options for support to your team.
April 26, 2021
Use this tool after a hate crime or identity-related violence has occurred in the workplace or your broader community. Follow the prompts in this tool to decide whether to acknowledge this event with your team, decide on the right time and place, draft your message, and follow up with individual team members. This tool will help you thoughtfully acknowledge events with your team but is not designed to help you facilitate an in-depth discussion.
30 minutes to prepare, 5 minutes to deliver message to team
Step 1: Decide whether to acknowledge an event with your team
Consider how you would describe the issue or event in clear, specific terms. If you answer yes to any of the questions provided on page 4 of the accompanying PDF, you may want to acknowledge it with your team.
Step 2: Decide on the right time and place
Complete the four preparation steps provided on page 5 of the PDF before you acknowledge the event with your team.
Step 3: Draft your message
An effective message should include the five components outlined on pages 6-7 of the PDF. Review these components and the completed example on page 8 of the PDF. Then, use the space on page 9 to draft your own message that includes these five components.
Step 4: Follow up with individual staff
After acknowledging the hate crime with your team, consider following up to provide offer targeted support for team members who may be struggling following the event. Refer to our conversation guide How to check in with a staffHow to check in with a staff member about their well-being
member about their well-being for more guidance.