Resource Guide

GET CONNECTED

There’s an old Irish proverb that says, “Lack of resource has hanged many a person.” Checking out the myriad multicultural sites, books, groups, blogs, agencies and associations below will help you avoid any such hang-ups, putting you in prime position to push your career and post-grad life to the next level — and help you set things right if they go wrong.

BLOGS

Young Black Professionals Guide (www.ybpguide.com)
The YBP Guide acts not only as a forum for discussion of various approaches to handling the challenges that young black professionals face, but also as a source of compelling content intended to inspire readers to become more progressive and productive in their workplaces and their communities. A cadre of contributors from across the country helps the guide serve as a bridge to bring the wealth of print-medium discussions about hot-button topics like relationships and self-empowerment to the Web.

TheCulturalConnect (www.theculturalconnect.com)
This ambitious cross-cultural project consists of five weekly e-magazines targeted at professionals from particular ethnic groups: The MidEastConnect, The LatinConnect, The AsiaConnect, The AfricanaConnect, and The DesiConnect (for those of South Asian descent). Boasting over 600 published interviews with rising stars in the business and nonprofit arenas and a fast-growing readership in over 100 countries, TheCulturalConnect serves up must-read profiles of the professional world’s often overlooked population of driven, innovative under-35 leaders.

PostBourgie (postbourgie.com)
Brooklyn-based writer Gene Demby, one-third of the talented troika behind PostBourgie, says the site’s unique moniker was coined during a “semi-serious conversation” with a friend about navigating a path through life that didn’t include stops at “the traditional institutions of the status-conscious black bourgeoisie.” He and his cohorts describe the site as “a running, semi-orderly conversation about race and politics and media and gender and everything else.” Readers describe it as “awesome,” “entertaining” and “thought-provoking.”

Race in the Workplace (www.raceintheworkplace.com)
Carmen Van Kerckhove — co-founder and president of the consulting firm New Demographic, host of the “Addicted to Race” podcast, and a well-traveled blogger whose counsel on racial issues has been sought by major mainstream outlets like Newsweek, The New York Times and MSNBC — runs this blog focused on the exploration of how race and racism influence our working lives.

I Will Teach You To Be Rich (www.iwillteachyoutoberich.com)
Give Ramit Sethi this much: He has no interest in wasting your time, and wants to tell you before you even arrive at his site exactly what he intends to do. And all signs point to him being pretty decent at it; the Stanford grad has parlayed his informative blog — devoted to personal finance (the fine arts of banking, saving, budgeting and investing) and personal entrepreneurship — into a book publishing deal and a successful side gig as a speaker presenting seminars at universities and corporations.

SOCIAL NETWORKS / ORGANIZATIONS

ASIA: Asian Sisters In Action (www.asiasisters.org)
A Cambridge-based nonprofit networking and social action group offering bimonthly brunches for Asian women from different generations and backgrounds throughout Greater Boston. ASIA also sponsors events for Asian women, individuals and organizations that share the group’s commitment to working toward positive social change.

Young Professionals Network of Eastern Massachusetts (www.ulem.org)
YPN, an affiliate of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts, sets its sights on not only serving its members’ needs, but also the social component of eliminating economic disparities in communities of color. Members are groomed to become “heirs to the National Urban League movement,” according to the network’s Web site, while at the same time acting as “influencers and trailblazers.” And President Duane Johnson emphasizes YPN’s inclusive atmosphere: “Whether you’re a doctor or carpenter, a lawyer or janitor, have a Ph.D. or G.E.D., we want you to join us.”

Latino Professional Network (www.lpn.org)
For more than two decades, the LPN has worked to create career, educational and social opportunities for Latinos in Massachusetts and throughout the nation. To help increase visibility of qualified and talented Latinos, the nonprofit group holds monthly networking meetings with major corporations, connects members with scholarship opportunities from local educational partners, and provides access to employment openings, both across the country and abroad.

Network of South Asian Professionals of Boston (www.netsapboston.org)
Dedicated to “serving the professional, political, cultural and civic needs” of Greater Boston’s Indian and South Asian community, over the past 13 years NetSAP-Boston has built a network of over 3,000 local professionals and more than 40,000 members in the U.S. and Canada. Focusing its services on professional development, socio-cultural awareness, community service and political awareness, NetSAP helps members hailing from India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan advance their careers.

Kaleidoscope (www.kscopecity.com)
Billed as “Greater Boston’s one-stop shop for multicultural information,” this expansive directory — available both online and as a print handbook — gives readers quick, useful information about the multitude of ethnically diverse social, professional, civic, business and cultural resources available throughout the Commonwealth.

CIVIL RIGHTS GROUPS / ADVOCACY AGENCIES

• National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (www.naacp.org)
The venerable Baltimore-based national organization, which has dedicated itself to working toward equality and social justice for African Americans for nearly a century, has a dozen chapters throughout Massachusetts.

Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts (www.ulem.org)
The local affiliate of the National Urban League promises that by the year 2010, it “will be recognized as the benchmark organization for transforming the education and economic condition of African Americans and other persons of color” in Massachusetts. Such lofty goals require solid leadership, which ULEM has in president and CEO Darnell Williams.

Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (www.eeoc.gov)
The EEOC’s Boston Area Office, located within the John F. Kennedy Federal Building in Government Center, has jurisdiction over alleged incidents of employee discrimination in Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont and, of course, Massachusetts.

Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (www.mass.gov/mcad)
As the state’s chief civil rights agency, the MCAD’s mission is “to eliminate discrimination on a variety of bases and areas.” Toward that end, the commission — with offices in Boston and Springfield — works to advance and protect the civil rights of state residents through law enforcement, outreach and training.

U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights
(www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr)
This federal agency’s Boston office, also located within the JFK Building, serves student populations facing discrimination, seeking to ensure equal access to education and to promote educational excellence through the “vigorous enforcement of civil rights.”

BOOKS

The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom by Suze Orman

“Breaking Through: The Making of Minority Executives in Corporate America” by David A. Thomas and John J. Gabarro

“Black Power Inc.: The New Voice of Success” by Cora Daniels

 “Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling: Career Strategies for Asians” by Jane Hyun

“The Shape of the River: Long-Term Consequences of Considering Race in College and University Admissions” by William G. Bowen and Derek Bok