Today’s guest is someone I’ve been wanting to have on the show for a while, Desiree Adaway. Desiree is a seasoned nonprofit consultant and facilitator who is known by staff, senior leadership, peers, and partners as being great at open, honest, and productive conversations, which is exactly what we had in this episode.
Her big truth was that, “Black and brown bodies are expendable.” From there we got into a few really important distinctions: unity vs solidarity, discussion vs debate, diversity vs equity, inclusion and social justice.
We also talked about allyship, accountability within community, whiteness, racism, finding ways to communicate that work for everyone, and the importance of listening.
This is a good episode to listen to more than once and share with your friends, family and colleagues as a tool for unpacking and raising your awareness. Enjoy!
About Desiree Adaway:
Desiree is a seasoned nonprofit consultant and facilitator. All of her presentations have a mix of thought provoking content presented with humor and wit. When she teaches she makes a point to connect with every person, and create a safe space for their growth. She is known by staff, senior leadership, peers, and partners as being great at open, honest, and productive conversations. She is not afraid of addressing anything that gets in the way of great work. Her style is positive, approachable, engaging, service-oriented and audience-centered.
What You’ll Hear:
7:32 The distinction between unity and solidarity + the issues around debate
14:04 Using frameworks and different communication styles + the steps of allyship
30:23 Understanding how the tool of whiteness was created
37:07 Different tools for activism + bringing awareness and diversity into the workplace
50:01 Critical race theory = the value of lived experiences
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