Conversation Of The Week XXXI: How Organizations Can Achieve And Maintain Real Diversity And Inclusion

April 30, 2012
Written by Abby L. Ferber Ph.D. Professor of Sociology in
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Dr. Kathy Obear. Photo Credit: The Social Justice Training Institute

Each week, the White Privilege Conference and the Matrix Center for the Advancement of Social Equity and Inclusion, housed at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (UCCS), hosts a half hour radio show called Intersections Radio that features an interview with a different author, scholar, and/or speaker.

In this segment, Dr. Kathy Obear, Founding Faculty of The Social Justice Training Institute, and President, ALLIANCE FOR CHANGE Consulting, shares her 25 years experience as a trainer and organizational development consultant specializing in creating inclusion, team and organizational effectiveness, conflict resolution, and change management.

The Social Justice Institute is a five-day intensive professional development program for social justice educators and practitioners focusing on dynamics of race and racism. For over a decade she has passionately worked to help social justice educators and diversity practitioners respond more effectively when they feel “triggered” so they navigate difficult dialogues and triggering events with greater competence.

Her diversity articles include “Best Practices that Address Homophobia and Heterosexism in Corporations,” “The Diversity Factor,” and “Navigating Triggering Events: Critical Skills for Facilitating Difficult Dialogues.” Kathy completed a doctorate in Social Justice Education from The University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

She has attended the past seven White Privilege Conferences and has facilitated workshops on creating social just organizations, facilitating white caucuses, navigating triggering events, and dismantling racism as white women.

Intersections Radio is hosted by Dr. Eddie Moore Jr., founder of the White Privilege Conference (WPC), which is held annually in cities across the United States; and Daryl Miller, who works with the WPC and other programs of the Matrix Center. The WPC is an award-winning national diversity conference that serves as a yearly opportunity to examine and explore difficult issues related to white privilege, white supremacy, and oppression, and works to dismantle systems of power, prejudice, and inequality. College students from around the country participate in the conference for academic credit.


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