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Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion as a Personal Desire.


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Learnings from practitioners in New York City–based organizations that serve African, LatinX, Asian, Arab, and Native American Culture and Communities.

[Regent Atlantic September 20, 2018-Powerpoint Presentation]

Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Presented at Regent Atlantic Neighborhood Nonprofits Group Symposium September 20, 2018.



  • “If we aren’t vigilant about safeguarding our identities and telling and documenting our stories in our own voice, someone else can and will rewrite and define
    who we are.”

  • “Data is illuminating and powerful when contemplating change. It is the anchor to new ideas, the paper and ink when crafting a story. Data, however, has no loyalty. It is used to tell any story desired by the author. This is why data must be in the service of a bold, radical vision. It is vision and artistry that spark culture shifts and inspirepeople to demand and sustain change.”

  • “In order to tap into our humanity; we have to strengthen our empathy muscles. And we will never strengthen our empathy muscles if we stay in our bubbles.”




  • Biases-- We All Have Them

    1. Promote self-awareness. Take the Implicit Associations Test.

    2. We have positive and negative biases. Understand the nature of our biases. Unconscious bias is a normal aspect of human cognition.

    3. Identify and create a list of situations in which your implicit biases impact your behavior.

    4. Be more open and friendlier when interacting with people you perceive as different-- brain follows the heart.

    5. Educate yourself. Read, watch, listen, have conversations.

    How to Have Difficult Conversations

    • Video | How to Resolve Racially Stressful Conversations | Howard C. Stevenson | TEDMED  [17:35 mins]

    • Highlights:

      • Read, recast and resolve mindfulness strategy:

        • Read-- recognize when a racial moment happens and notice your stress reactions to it

        • Recast-- reduce stress by mindfully moving your thoughts from overwhelming to manageable, and

        • Resolve-- negotiate with yourself towards a healthy conclusion

      • Stress management technique:

        • Calculate your stress-- identify how stressed you are on a numeric scale

        • Locate-- find where in your body you feel the stress and describe it

        • Communicate-- share what images and thoughts are coming in your mind

        • Breathe & exhale slowly

  • Further Reading