What is the network gap?
When it comes to finding meaningful, impactful work, networks matter. A lot. But, like opportunity, they are not distributed equally and are built over time. LinkedIn has done extensive research around networks; here's what they found - the main factors that contribute to a person's ability to get hired:
- Where you grow up. LinkedIn users who grow up in areas with a median income above $100k are 3x more like to have a stronger network than other users.
- Where you go to school. Users who attend top schools are 2x more likely to have stronger networks.
- Where you work. Users who have work experience at a top company are nearly 2x more likely to have stronger networks.
- Who you know. Referrals are 9x more likely to get hired.
The reality is that where you grow up, where you go to school, and where you work can give you a 12x advantage in gaining access to opportunity. That delta in opportunity is called the network gap, and we can help close it.
- Humanize: Stories from the Heart About Social Justice
- 1619 (New York Times)
- About Race
- Code Switch (NPR)
- Intersectionality Matters! hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw
- Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast
- Nice White Parents (Serial and The New York Times)
- Pod For The Cause (from The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights)
- Pod Save the People (Crooked Media)
- Seeing White
- Build your Dream Network
Films & Television
- 13th (Ava DuVernay)
- American Son (Kenny Leon)
- Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975
- Blindspotting (Carlos López Estrada)
- Clemency (Chinonye Chukwu)
- Dear White People (Justin Simien)
- Fruitvale Station (Ryan Coogler)
- I Am Not Your Negro (James Baldwin doc)
- If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins)
- Just Mercy (Destin Daniel Cretton)
- King In The Wilderness
- See You Yesterday (Stefon Bristol)
- Selma (Ava DuVernay)
- The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
- The Hate U Give (George Tillman Jr.)
- When They See Us (Ava DuVernay)
- The Green Book
More anti-racism resources to check out:
- 75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice
- Anti-Racism Project
- Jenna Arnold’s resources (books and people to follow)
- Rachel Ricketts’ anti-racism resources
- Resources for White People to Learn and Talk About Race and Racism
- Save the Tears: White Woman’s Guide by Tatiana Mac
- Showing Up For Racial Justice’s educational toolkits
- The [White] Shift on Instagram
- “Why is this happening?” — an introduction to police brutality from 100 Year Hoodie
- Zinn Education Project’s teaching materials
Harvard Implicit Bias Test: https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/takeatest.html