It's often intriguing to me that in my personal and professional lives I have talked about and shared information like this and graphics like this way more than I feel I should have to. The normalization and casual integration of racism, White supremacy, and White privilege affect me personally as a person of color but also professionally as an HR professional who works very hard to make sure hiring practices, management practices, and work cultures are devoid of this pyramid and its building blocks. You cannot imagine how many interactions with directors and hiring managers are rife with indifference and minimization or how integrated veiled racism is in the work culture and fabric of higher ed. It's daunting...but I've never been one to lay down. I'll keep sharing this info and educating and checking people and their supremacy personally and professionally because without challenge there is no change.
I spent this past Saturday morning representing Reed College at BEAM’s 6th Annual Black Student Success Summit at Portland State University. Equity, equality, inclusion, community, and opportunity don’t take weekends off and neither do I.
Many of you may not know this about me (but you probably do now because you’re on this website) but outside of my work in human resources and equity and inclusion I am a big ol' comic geek and pop culture nerd! I make comics, talk about comics, live a life immersed in pop culture, and own way too many action figures for a man my age to own. So I was honored when Khalil Quotap of Kaster's Korner asked me to be on this week's episode of Kornercast! Khalil and I talk race, gender identity, reading and creating comics, and artist alley. It's a hoot! Click here or on the image below to listen!