Greetings Glocal Citizens!
This week on the podcast I have the first of a handful of interviews that came about in a back to the future-esque way. This spring, the Stanford National Black Alumni Association biennale summit took place in Washington, D.C. and I organized my spring trip back to the U.S. around reconnecting with my fellow friends and alum and sharing my insights as a Glocal Citizen on a panel entitled, "Africa: Bridging the Diasporic Divide." A propos, my guest, Detroit native, Dereca Blackmon has career-wide experience bridging divides. As Co-Founder and President of the Inclusion Design Group, she is also head trainer and responsible for the creation of the dynamic set of workshops and follow-up activities used by her team. Her experiential training models cut through “diversity fatigue” and allow participants to engage in deep, authentic, and meaningful dialogues. Among her prior positions, she served as the Assistant Vice Provost, Associate Dean and Director of the Diversity and First-Generation Office at Stanford University where she introduced groundbreaking work on authentic engagement, intergroup dialogue, and unconscious bias to over 30,000 students, staff, faculty and alumni. She also taught several courses at Stanford including Intergroup Communication with renowned cultural psychologist Hazel Markus
Reverend Deborah L. Johnson.
For over 25 years, Dereca has consulted with a wide variety of corporate, educational, nonprofit, and community-based groups to facilitate “uncommon conversations” on issues of race, gender, class, and social justice. I hope this two part conversation brings you closer to understanding and embodying your own inclusion mindset.
What's Dereca reading?
Books by Toni Morrison
Books by Stephen King
The Big Leap: Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Life to the Next Level by Gay Hendricks
Other topics of interest:
On Black Detroit
St. Thomas US Virgin Islands
About the Black Panther Party
What happened to Oscar Grant
Flourish Agenda/Leadership Excellence
Carol Dweck and the Growth Mindset
Dr. Melanie Tervalon and Cultural Humility
What is Neurodivergent?
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